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Latino Catholics Strongly Favor Obama, Latino Evangelicals More Divided
sys-con media ^ | October 18, 2012

Posted on 10/18/2012 10:33:45 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

Latinos are divided by religion in their preferences in the upcoming presidential election, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Three-quarters of Latino Catholics (73%) and eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latinos (82%) support President Barack Obama's re-election. However, among Latino evangelical Protestants, who account for 16% of all Latino registered voters, just 50% prefer Obama, while 39% support his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

These same patterns are reflected in Latinos' partisan affiliations. Eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latino voters (who make up 15% of the Latino electorate) and seven-in-ten Latino Catholics (57% of the Latino electorate) are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. Among Latino evangelical voters, identification with the Democratic Party is lower; about half are Democrats or lean Democratic (52%), while about a third are Republicans or lean toward the Republican Party (36%).

As the presidential election approaches, many Hispanic churchgoers say they are hearing from their clergy about various political issues and, to a lesser extent, about candidates and elections. Roughly half of Latinos (54%) who attend religious services at least once a month say they have heard their clergy speak out about abortion, while 43% have heard from the pulpit about immigration, and 38% say their clergy have spoken out about homosexuality. A smaller proportion, roughly three-in-ten (29%), report hearing from their clergy about candidates and elections.

The new survey also finds rapidly growing support for same-sex marriage among Latinos, mirroring growing support among the general public. Half of Latinos now favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, while one-third are opposed. As recently as 2006, these figures were reversed (56% of Latinos opposed same-sex marriage, while 31% supported it). Latino evangelicals, however, remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage (66% opposed vs. 25% in favor).

This report is jointly produced by two projects of the Pew Research Center, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center. It is based on a nationally representative bilingual telephone survey conducted Sept. 7-Oct. 4, 2012 (largely before the first presidential debate), among 1,765 Latino adults, including 903 registered voters. The Latino electorate today includes 23.7 million eligible voters – an increase of more than 4 million since 2008. Overall, Latinos now account for 11% of the nation's eligible electorate, up from 9.5% in 2008.

The survey is available on the Pew Forum's website.


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholicvote; christianvote; evangelicals; latinos
Full headline:
Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012: Latino Catholics Strongly Favor Obama, Latino Evangelicals More Divided

Latinos are divided by religion in their preferences in the upcoming presidential election, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Three-quarters of Latino Catholics (73%) and eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latinos (82%) support President Barack Obama's re-election. However, among Latino evangelical Protestants, who account for 16% of all Latino registered voters, just 50% prefer Obama, while 39% support his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

These same patterns are reflected in Latinos' partisan affiliations. Eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latino voters (who make up 15% of the Latino electorate) and seven-in-ten Latino Catholics (57% of the Latino electorate) are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. Among Latino evangelical voters, identification with the Democratic Party is lower; about half are Democrats or lean Democratic (52%), while about a third are Republicans or lean toward the Republican Party (36%)....

....The new survey also finds rapidly growing support for same-sex marriage among Latinos, mirroring growing support among the general public. Half of Latinos now favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, while one-third are opposed. As recently as 2006, these figures were reversed (56% of Latinos opposed same-sex marriage, while 31% supported it). Latino evangelicals, however, remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage (66% opposed vs. 25% in favor).

1 posted on 10/18/2012 10:33:45 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

The “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” is also printed in Spanish.

$138 to have 500 shipped to your house.

Check with the Pastor in largely Hispanic congregations, and see if he will allow you to make them available.

Make sure he understands that Catholic Answers has had this approved by the IRS and the USCCB.
(This info is in the guide)


2 posted on 10/18/2012 10:56:05 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Alex Murphy

Don’t be afraid of files that expose evil to the light of day. Read the files and identify the homos’ grooming process. You will save some public school boys who are currently under attack by adult pervs.


3 posted on 10/18/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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