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The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll

June 1, 2010 Edition: Check Out The Results And Weigh In!

As Americans prepare to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll asks you to hold off on the partying long enough to voice your opinions on some diverse and controversial issues. We start with a question concerning Americans' reaction to the continuing scandal within the Roman Catholic church. Next, we ask about the concept of insuring body parts and also, whether it should be legal to sell human organs. Which American habits and pleasures are the most overpriced and should artists get a tax break? In our monthly "fantasy" questions, we ask you to travel back in time to give your younger self some sage advice and then we give you a day to spend as a famous character within a movie. Other questions include whether it is time to stop using Native American themed nicknames for sports teams, are CIA assassinations ever justified, and which part, if any, of our new healthcare plan would you like to see repealed? Finally, who is Robert M. Gates? Happy summer and let the good times poll...

Only 10 percent (12 percent of Catholics) of those asked knew anyone that was reconsidering their relationship with the Catholic Church. Possible reasons for such a low number may be that the majority of American Catholics have already undergone this crisis of confidence and conscience when it was being dealt with in many of our major cities, causing many people to leave or reevaluate their relationship with the church then. Another reason could be that many Americans have always been "cafeteria" Catholics, picking the things they like and disregarding the things they didn't like about church tenets. This trait allowed them to separate the faith and good works part of the church from the hierarchal rule from Rome. A large percentage of the church is comprised of selfless devoted people who are doing extraordinary works. Americans instinctively recognize this and tend to identify with that part of the church.