(RNS) New poll examines minorities’ views on social issues

Compared to Hispanic Americans, black Americans are far more likely to believe abortion should be legal in most circumstances, even when they personally reject the procedure as immoral.

That’s one of the findings of a poll released Thursday (July 26) by the Public Religion Research Institute, which also explored these groups’ attitudes toward birth control and the extent to which their churches influence their opinions.

“Generally these social issues will not play a major role when these Americans vote in November’s elections,” said Daniel Cox, PRRI’s research director. “Obama has a significant advantage over Romney among both African-Americans and Hispanics, and neither candidate’s views on these questions will likely have much effect on their support.”

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