Skip to comments.Obama loses 26 points among Catholics
Posted on 08/05/2008 8:27:44 AM PDT by dangus
A July Zogby poll showed that Obama was leading among Catholics by 11 points. He is now trailing by 15. The link above is to the article in the main section of FR, but I thought this poll detail was worthy of discussion in the Religion section.
Such a massive rejection of a Democratic nominee is striking since Catholics come from heavily Democratic regions of the country, where huge majorities of non-Christians and Protestants vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and both traditional news outlets and political infrastructures are far to the left. (Catholics are the quintessential "Reagan Democrats.")
Perhaps this is why Tim Kaine, a Catholic, is so high on Obama’s short list of VP possibles?
Sweet: The fundraising image inserted into this when I first completed the post is a YouTube of “The One,” McCain’s ad mocking Obama’s Messianic self-promotion.
Possibly, but I think that has more to do with Virginia’s electoral votes.
I mean, I am all for good news, but how is a decline of that magnitude in such a short time even possible? This poll smells of manipulation to me, albeit pro-McCain manipulation. After all, pollsters need the election to be close, otherwise no one will pay money to get access to their polls. 26 pts is just too much of a swing to be plausible.
I think the news of the August 26th pro-abortion “gala” to be attended by Michelle Obama and Hillary was the deal breaker. It was just announced last Friday. Too many cannot overlook this and are wavering in their support of Obama.
Catholics probably don’t think to much of Obama’s RADICAL abortion views including letting a baby die if it survives a late-term abortion.
Among the entire national audience, 26 points is too big of a swing to believe. Among a swing voter block, it is quite credible. As a group, Catholics are liberal on economic matters, conservative on social matters, and patriotic on foreign-affairs matters. That makes them a swing voter block.
That’s right...another CINO...Mr. Kaine is a pro-choice guy.
Anybody who votes for Obama, and is a practicing Catholic, will have to go to confession right away. Obama is an adamant supporter of abortion, and any Catholic who votes for someone like that will have a mortal sin on his or her soul.
Maybe it’s because the “Messiah” stands for everything that the Catholic Church rejects.
i take it that McCain potentially selecting Tom Ridge as VP to help win Pennsy would not be warmly received then?
I don't disagree, but Kaine has to bring more than VA into play. He speaks Spanish too. Bayh is Episcopalian. Obama needs Catholic support in OH & MI. Kaine is way light on experience. I've watched his entire political career from Richmond city council onward. But with Obama, fitness to step into the role of president is not a consideration. If it were, Obama himself wouldn't be running. Whomever BHO puts on the ticket will be there solely for electability reasons.
McCain should pick Cantor and take Virginia and Florida and balance his ticket with a 100% Conservative.
I don’t think he would be warmly received, however I’m not sure the typical voter would know about his pro-choice stance whereas the typical Catholic voter most likely would.
>> i take it that McCain potentially selecting Tom Ridge as VP to help win Pennsy would not be warmly received then? <<
I don’t think I could imagine a more disastrous move. I think Catholics tolerate some degree of social liberalism in Giuliani as mayor of New York because he’s more conservative than anyone else they’d ever get as mayor and the mayor of New York isn’t going to have any pull, for instance, in overturning Roe-v-Wade. But Ridge would be a gratuitous slap in the face, like Judge Myers. (And don’t think it’s a coincidence that Bush’s 2nd pick was Catholic!)
>> Thats right...another CINO...Mr. Kaine is a pro-choice guy. <<
Kaine did well with Catholic voters in Northern Virginia by appearing to be pro-life (like Landrieu and Casey Jr.), and because his Democratic predecessor had avoided social issues while being infinitely more competent of a politician than his RINO Republican predecessor, Gov. Gilmore. Gilmore inflated the size of government so hugely that Gov. Warner was able to get Virginia out of its fiscal crisis without raising taxes much.
keeping track of these polls showing Obama losing ground
That’s a good start.
**Such a massive rejection of a Democratic nominee is striking since Catholics come from heavily Democratic regions **
And Catholics are changing. Many of these old-timer FDR lovers are passing on. And in their place we have a whole new generation of CONSERVATIVE Catholics.
Thank you, God!
Republican VP from PA, not a lot to choose from. Santorum badly damaged goods. Arlen sick looking and too left anyway. Ridge looks the part, but I guess that ain’t enough.
**Santorum badly damaged goods. **
So sad, because he is so pro-life.
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1 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,
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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent
Roman Catholics for Obama '08
OBAMA TO CATHOLICS: NO VOUCHERS
How can Catholics for Obama rationalize their support for the pro-choice candidate?
Obamas director of Catholic Outreach dodges opportunity to reach Catholics
Barack Obama Slams John McCain For Opposing Abortion, Activist Judges
Catholics and Obama
COMMENTARY: Quandry for Catholics At Election Time
The Latest Refinement (Obama on Abortion)
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Jill Stanek: Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide
The Battle for Catholic Voters
New Report Indicates Voters Most Interested in Barack Obamas Position on Abortion
Deal Hudson: Obama and Infanticide?
Ad asks Obama: If fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?
Embryonic stem-cell research immoral, unnecessary, bishops say
Catholics should not vote for Obama
Catholic Caucus: It is a sin to vote/support Obama/DNC [abortion]
More Catholics leaning towards Democrats, poll reports (really not Catholics)
The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)
Obama's Abortion Bombshell: Unrestricted Abortion....
NARAL Catholics Line Up for Obama
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McCain Meets Privately with Fr. Pavone - Says Constitutional Right to Life Applies to Unborn
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Commentary: Faithful Citizenship and the Formed Conscience
Catholic League: Where's Obama's 'Catholic Advisory Council'? [Not to be found!]
Right-wing Christians beginning to lean left (Misleading headline)
Catholics Debate Obama Vote
US Bishops Urge Voters to Give Priority to Life [Ecumenical]
Corralling the Catholic vote: Political necessity or pipe dream?
DOUG KMIEC: Catholic Reasons for Hope in the General Election
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The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)
Thoughts On Roman Catholics For Obama
How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question
Catholic Pro-Life Leader Feuds With Barack Obama's "Catholic" Backers
McCain and the Pope: McCain cannot win in November without the Catholic vote (Reagan re-visited?)
Catholics Cannot Vote for Pols Who Support Abortion, Except for Morally Grave Reasons: KY Bishops
I think it’s likely because those Catholics finally got full information about Obama’s enthusiastic support of abortion, for any reason whatsoever, at any stage of pregnancy, AND with government funding. Until a few months ago, all most folks ever heard of Obama was the adulation coming from the MSM. Now there is much more being brought to light, and folks who might have though they’d vote for him earlier are seeing him for who he really is, and they aren’t liking what they see.
These polls of Catholics are always a little problematic. Many self-identified Catholics, especially in the northeast, have not been inside a church in years.
Churchgoing Catholics tend to be more conservative than their lapsed brethren.
Good point: Church-going Catholics vote heavily Republican; as Republican as “religious right” Protestant denominations, which is amazing because such denominations are often formed of people who specifically rejected the liberalism of mainline Protestantism.
I’m Catholic, and it’s good to see that some other Catholics are finally finding out that NObama is pro-Abortion. NObama should get ZERO Catholic votes (and really ZERO Christian votes) based on his abortion stance. How can a Christian vote for NObama and his Pro-Abortion stance? How is this even possible???
My question is this: Why, with his record, did he ever have support from Catholics???
I believe that elections over some 30-40 yrs the winner has had the catholic vote.
When you consider that Hispanics are nearly 100% Catholic or Evangelical, and are strongly pro-Obama (except for the Cubans), McCain’s lead among non-Hispanic Catholics must be very large.
An important division exists between white and minority Catholics, particularly Hispanic Catholics. While they are a swing group overall, white Catholics voted decidedly for George W. Bush in 2004, 56 percent to 43 percent, and Hispanic Catholics strongly supported John Kerry, voting 65 percent to 33 percent in his favor. In this year's exit poll, Hispanics made up 17 percent of Catholics, a jump of 4 percent from 2000. It will be interesting to see if this rift deepens over time as the makeup of the American Catholic church continues to change.
Very good poster:)
If Kaine or another "pro-life Catholic Democrat" is selected (I don't believe that a true pro-life Catholic Democrat could be selected), this parallel needs to be pointed out gratuitously.
This must be done especially in states like PA; if that is pointed out, it might even work, because the people of those states have been burned once already by faux-pro-life Dems.
(I'm still sore over Casey)
It's very well done and can be used anywhere.
Any Christian, any decent human, that reads these would have to side with McCain over Obama.
You can ask that question across the board.
Why, with his record, did he ever have support from Protestants? Jews? (skip Muslims...we know why he has support there)
The articles I read said Kaine is an ex-Catholic.
There is NOTHING appealing about Obama for Catholics who take the issues seriously. He is one of the most ethically and theologically confused candidates in recent times. But the estrangement is also cultural and stylistic. Catholic Democrats have seen what happens when radical policies come to their neighborhoods. A candidate perceived as whooping things up is not going to do as well as McCain with his low-key demeanor. But Obama's abortionism will hurt him with the Catholic vote, perhaps enough in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan to tilt the election.
The Dems NEVER get this. They just don't get it. They try to crossdress as believers but still have a culture gap here.
i certainly hope so, he’s the most pro-abortion candidate ever to run for the presidency.
But we have to be careful, we don't want an Obama cleric issuing a fatwa on us ;)
The PFL website is down, what did it say?
It’s up now. Excellent McCain v Obama comparisons.