Skip to comments.More Catholics leaning towards Democrats, poll reports
Posted on 06/25/2008 1:38:23 PM PDT by NYer
.- A new survey from Georgetown Universitys Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) indicates that Catholics may lean towards voting for the Democratic candidate for president in the 2008 election.
The CARA polling shows that only 21 percent of all Catholics are either strongly or weakly affiliated with the Republican Party in 2008, compared to 31 percent in 2004. Fewer Catholics identify themselves as Republicans than in any year since 2000.
Among all adult Catholics, 38 percent identify as a weak or strong Democrat, while 22 percent lean Democratic.
Republicans are found to be more numerous among the general electorate Catholic population, with 28 percent identifying themselves as Republicans and 17 percent saying they lean Republican. However, Catholics who attend Mass weekly are still more likely to be Democrats, with 37 percent self-identifying with the party and another 18 percent saying they lean Democrat.
Overall, these shifting Catholic attitude trends, less support for the use of U.S. military force, more support for higher taxes for wealthy Americans, and increasing acceptance of immigration, may favor the Democrats and Obama, said Mark Gray, the director of CARA Catholic polls.
Gray said that Democrats still must mobilize well to take advantage of their edge among Catholic voters. In the past two presidential elections the Republicans have been noted to be more effective at mobilizing voters using religion and religious organizationsoften using the issue of abortion, Gray said.
The CARA poll results suggest a shift in Catholics views on several major issues. In 2002, before the Iraq war, 63 percent of adult Catholics agreed somewhat or strongly with the statement that The U.S. should be willing to use military force to overthrow governments that support terrorism against the U.S., even if it mean losing lives of U.S. service members. In 2006, only 43 percent agreed.
Catholic support for a tax on the wealthiest Americans has increased from 52 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2006. Catholics are also less likely to agree that the number of immigrants permitted entry into the U.S. should be decreased, with agreement down from 65 percent in 2002 to 54 percent in 2006.
According to the study, pro-abortion sentiment has slightly increased among adult Catholics. In 2002, 55 percent somewhat or strongly agreed with the statement A woman should have the right to choose to abort an unwanted pregnancy. In 2006, the percentage in agreement increased to 58 percent.
It is communism that drives **all** socialists.
Communism **is** a religion. It is the invalid, irrational, and impossible belief that human and human society can be perfected on this earth.
Scratch a liberal and under his thin skin is a socialist. Dig a little deeper and you will soon find the Marxist nuclear fuel rod that drives everything he says and does!
Scratch a Mexican socialist and his thin “Catholic” skin quickly disintegrates. What **really** drives him is the religion of Marxism.
This begs the question: what is a Catholic? Is it an ethnicity? Or is it a religion? Because if it’s a religion....
I'm sorry but you can't keep laying the blame on the Council. Society, at large, was going through a major shakeup at the time the council was convened. That certain bishops were influenced by the culture may be true but the council, as a whole, cannot be taken to task.
Recall that upon his election as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI stated that his mission would be to implement Vatican Council II. That is what we are now seeing.
Nonsense! Did God not imbue mankind with a free will? How people vote has no effect on the Catholic Church or its Divine foundation.
Exactly. And so many of them are clueless. Kept in the little enclaves fed more b/s by liberals who want to keep the lemmings in check.
I know many of these Catholic Democrats, including my mother. They are 'attached' to the party through recollection of the good they did for 'their families' in the past. These are not free thinkers but followers. It is very challenging to persuade them to vote outside 'their' party.
And the **most** effective religious education is likely to occur in **homeschooling**:
Research by Dr. Brian Ray, founder of NHERI, found that 94% of all homeschooled children retained their faith into adulthood.
The second best place is in a faith based private school:
The Nehemiah Institutes worldview testing shows that students in Christian schools reject moral relativism at a rate 500% higher than Christian children attending public schools.
So?....It is likely that there are parents who will willfully deny the research and facts. If so, I can sell them a bucket of sand for them to bury their heads.
Not the Rog and his followers.
1) Define Catholic (practicing v. cultural)
2) Define Catholic (registered voter v. likely voter v. are they even registered at all)
And,...The COMMMUNISTS ( I refuse to call them “liberals” any more) are doing the same to Catholic children in our government schools!
Please read posts #32, #39, and #50.
The research evidence is plain! If parents want believing Catholic children, get them OUT of the godless government schools!
Do this and our nation will have Catholics who vote against abortion supporting Democommunists.
God gave man "free will". No matter what the preachers, priests, bishops, Cardinals or the Pope has to say, people will vote according to their will. This woman fits right into the same category of my mother who supports the Democratic Party for what it did to help her family, back in the 1930's. That is what they remember. They don't look at the party today. In fact, my mother did not believe me when I told her that the Republican Party was pro-life, which must be our primary voting issue.
The 73 year old woman and my mother are victims of the mainstream media. They spend their idle hours watching GMA and all those other programs that feed the audience their views. These folks are not free thinkers.
People assume it’s the Latinos, did you not see what I was replying to?
As one mentioned above, they’re only Christian in name only. Especially considering the democrat support of the wholesale slaughter of babies, that should be a prime indicator that the people who vote democrat and claim to be Christian and/or Catholic are only pretending.
I cannot imagine seriously believing in Jesus, His Kingdom, then turning to Him and saying that you believe in killing His children out of convenience.
What is difficult to understand?
Who could “follow” someone who supports shoving scissors into the brains of infants ( seconds before their first breath), scrambling their brains, crushing the skull, and sucking the gelatinous mass into a surgical suction jar?
A person like this would lead them straight to hell! Literally!
As hard as I try...I just don't “get it”. ( sigh!)
They are LYING!
They are LYING to themselves, or consciously and with full knowledge LYING to others.
( One thing that **really** gets me are
“Christian” teachers who willing support, push forward, and assist the godless Democratic Party and its agenda in our government schools! They are lying to themselves,...or...they are really evil and lying to the kids! )
You are right! However, that is not always possible - it wasn't possible for me as I had to work to support my family. Furthermore, some states are now catching on to this and legislatively banning homeschooling. I believe CA is the first one to do this. I have pinged a CA freeper for more information.