*More than four in ten Americans believe places of worship are handling the issue of homosexuality either poorly or in a way that they would grade as failing, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.

Meanwhile, less than two in ten, would give places of worship an “A” (five percent) or a “B” (11 percent), revealed the poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service. And 30 percent of those surveyed gave religious organizations a satisfactory grade, or a “C.”

The poll of 1,010 adults in the continental United States found similar marks when asking whether those surveyed believed messages coming from places of worship contribute to negative views of gay and lesbian people. Forty percent responded to the question with “a lot,” 32 percent said “a little,” and 17 percent said “not at all.”

Interestingly, however, when it came to whether or not the messages contributed to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth, only a third (33 percent) responded by saying “a lot.” And more than half said either “a little” (32 percent) or “not at all” (21 percent).

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