POLL: Illinois Catholics Overwhelmingly Support Same-Sex Unions | The Pal Simon Public Policy Institute has released a new crosstab showing how Catholics responded to a recent poll on same-sex marriage. Overwhelmingly (81 percent), Catholic voters believe that same-sex unions should have legal recognition, with only about 16 percent opposed. They do tend to prefer civil unions (41 percent) to marriage equality (40 percent), unlike the general public (which prefers marriage to civil unions 44-32). Unfortunately, this poll did not force a question between full marriage equality and no recognition, so it’s unclear how Catholic voters would shift in that circumstance. Illinois has offered civil unions since last year.