Skip to comments.Mitt Romney trouncing Rick Santorum even among Catholics
Posted on 03/04/2012 4:44:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
(RNS) Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis of exit poll data.
Though he won evangelicals in two states, in general Romney has performed 15 percentage points better among non-evangelicals, according to an analysis released Friday (March 2) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Exit poll data is available in seven of the 11 states that have held primary contests to date, according to the Pew Forum. More detailed religious affiliations are available in six of those states.
White evangelicals formed more than a third of all GOP primary voters in each state except for Nevada (24 percent) and New Hampshire (21 percent). Romney, a Mormon, won the evangelical vote in those two states, and nearly tied for first in Arizona and Florida. But he lost the evangelical vote badly in three states: Michigan, Iowa and South Carolina.
Somewhat surprisingly, Santorum has not won the Catholic vote in a single state in which data is available, according to the Pew Forum.
Romney won the Catholic vote by at least 25 points in Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Romney also won 47 percent of the Catholic vote in Arizona, compared to Santorum's 33 percent. In Michigan, Romney bested Santorum among Catholics 44 to 37 percent.
Santorum has spoken far more about his faith during the campaign, while Romney has largely been mum on his Mormonism.
According to numerous separate polls, a significant minority of GOP voters, especially evangelicals, remain reluctant to vote for a Mormon president. Most Mainline Protestants and Catholics do not display the same aversion.
Romney, who has won more primary elections and delegates than any other GOP candidate, also won the Protestant vote in three states: New Hampshire, Nevada and Arizona.
However, the Pew Forum notes that Romney's success among Protestants in Nevada and Arizona is boosted by their large Mormon populations. (The Pew Forum does not typically consider Mormons Protestant, but exit polls often do.) Romney won 88 percent of the Mormon vote in Nevada and 96 percent in Arizona.
Texas congressman Ron Paul has performed the best among religiously unaffiliated voters in the two states -- Nevada and New Hampshire -- where they participated in large enough numbers to be analyzed.
Catholics don’t like Santorum, even in 2006 when Santorum was being dumped from office, he received 42% of the white Catholic vote, and 71% of the white Evangelical vote.
This Methodist voted for Santorum.
Santorum will only fade from here.
RE: Catholics dont like Santorum, even in 2006 when Santorum was being dumped from office, he received 42% of the white Catholic vote, and 71% of the white Evangelical vote
Hmmm... I wonder what the reason is. Why do people who supposedly share Santorum’s faith NOT vote for him, while those who share it peripherally do?
Despite what the Catholic church says, Catholic voters are far less socially conservative than Evangelicals.
In 2008, 54% of Catholics voted for Obama. With an increasing percentage of American Catholics being Hispanic, I’d expect Hussein to get a majority of the Catholic vote yet again.
“Don't lecture me until”
Its on the web to be seen in many place.
RE: Catholics, we need to educate people that Romney is not a Christian but a member of a cult.
I don’t think most people are voting someone based on religion.
The Catholic church is a big supporter of illegal amnesty in order to attempt to regain what was lost when all of the middle class whites left the church after it became so politicized.
Then maybe we need to tell them that Romneycare is a flop and that Romney supports abortion.
However, I don’t see how any Christian could ever vote for Romney.
The elites better not give us Romney.
Japanese Catholics, Korean Catholics, Nigerian Catholics, Malaysian Catholics, Kenyan Catholics, Filipino Catholics, Sri Lankan Catholics, Thai Cathiolics, Indian Catholics, Catholics in the Middle East yet underground, many Catholics worldwide who still love their faith and support their church and live the Christian faith seven days a week and proudly stand up for it, and do not selfishly cherry pick but are tried and true, would go for Santorum in DROVES if they somehow had the vote. I realize that is not a reality, but it just goes to show how soft the core of American Catholicism has gotten. It would not surprise me that in 20 years time they might support abortion and euthanasia. The Vatican has already talked about the libertine influences in the American Catholic church and the great problematic situation (decay). Probably the Santorum-Romney thing reflects it. How else can you explain that American Catholics went for a majority for Obongo himself three years ago? I just think people are socially going through the motions but in a larger sense when push comes to shove, have very week if not no moral commitments nor values at this point. So cafeteria, as it were. The compass seems to be broken for so many people. People will reap what they sow, though.
Probably for the same reason a lot of liberal Jews do not support Israel.
I know many people who won’t vote for romney because he believes Jesus is satans brother, that Mary and God the Father had sex, that they are gods and will get their own planet when they die, if they worked to a certain level. If romney get the presidency, he might be a galaxy. Obama will do ANYTHING to win, actually, the left will. Can you imagine him in a church, telling people these things?
Not surprising. Most of my Catholic friends are far more liberal than my Evangelical friends.
Misleading since Santorum’s voters are split with Newt. They could do the same hit piece on Newt but when you combine the anti-Romneys, I bet it’s a different story.
Yeah, I don’t get that either.