So McCain leads among churchgoing Catholics 53-37 and trails among non-churchgoing Catholics by 47-45, how exactly is he not leading overall among Catholics? Fewer than half may attend Mass but he is overwhelmingly winning that group and very close with those who don’t. And this is July 15. It is August 15. It’s moving further in our direction and will continue to do so as Catholics will overwhelmingly support mainstream issues such as drilling and reject PBA and anything approaching infanticide.
“how exactly is he not leading overall among Catholics?”
Only about one-third of self-described Catholics attend mass every week, and only about 40% attend mass at least once during the year. Sixty-percent, therefore, attend mass only to get married and buried. My numbers are from Georgetown University, BTW. Yet they will tell pollsters they are Catholic since by the Church’s own definition, if one has been baptised Catholic, one is a Catholic. I have plenty of CINOs in my own family. They consider themselves Catholic even though they only attend mass to witness my children receiving sacraments, if then, and yes, they are Democrats. Rabid, Bush-hating, Obama-voting Democrats.