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Decision ’10: Catholics leaning to the right

Could this be a bellwether for the coming election?

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A new poll reveals that Catholic voters, generally the middle ground in the religious political debate, are moving toward the political right, mirroring what pollsters believe is the attitude of the general population during this year’s mid-term election.


New numbers, released by the Public Religion Research Institute Tuesday, show that 49 percent of Catholic voters, both Latino and white, say they are likely to vote Republican.

“White Catholics seem mostly like to throw their support behind the GOP,” said Gregory Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Forum, at a press briefing Wednesday.

And, as researchers believe that Catholics, who make up a quarter of the population, will mirror the rest of the country this election season, a boost in Catholic support may be good news for Republicans in more ways than one. Smith said that Catholics share the same stance on values as does the average American.

“American Catholics considered as a whole tend to look like Americans like a whole,” he said.

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posted October 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

That would be bad news for America and would indicate Catholics, and others, aren’t too smart. Why would you vote to give the keys back to the people who put the country into the ditch and are working to keep it there.
Some of it is bigotry, hating the idea America is no longer majority white anglo saxon and some of it is fear, which the Republicans cause so well. And apparently a lot of it is just not paying attention.

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posted October 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Wow! To the contrary this shows that Catholics have been paying attention to whats been going on in the white house and are reacting accordingly with good judgement and sound reason! Trace things back a little closer to the parties and find out what steps were taken to get us to where were at as a Nation now!

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posted October 15, 2010 at 1:26 am

Catholics swinging to the right?
Well if so, brace for another huge round of media-led “priest sex abuse” on-slaught blitz.
It will happen!

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posted October 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

“find out what steps were taken to get us to where were at as a Nation now”
We invaded Iraq with no reason, lack of planning and no funding, which cost us a trillion dollars or so. When Clinton left office we were running a surplus. When Bush left we were a horrible mess, which you don’t clean up in a couple years.

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posted October 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

Read the whole story. After the a swing to the liberal side in 2008, there is now a movement back among all communities (other research shows it is less a movement back as increased participation by older, afflunet, white conservatives and less turnout by the young, minorities and working class families). 49% of Catholics are planning to vote Republican (more than in 2008 and 2006) while 71% of evangelicals and 55% of mainline Protestants. Catholics continue to be the strongest faith group in support of national health care reform.
Catholics are also starkly absent from the Tea Party movement. It is largely Protestant and with a fair share of persons with no religion. I believe 17% of Tea party supporters are Catholics while 27% of the whole population is.

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posted October 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

I congratulate Catholics on avoiding the Tea Party and supporting health care.

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Ed G.

posted October 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

to my side of the road!

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posted October 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

Bad news if it is true that Catholics are swinging to the right again. They must be slow learners. I wouldn’t compare the 49% to average Americans.

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posted October 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I am not so sure it is a swing to the right as it is a fear-based running around in circles shouting “anybody else”.
Those most likely to be hurt by a return to the Republican positions of the last 40 years are, sadly, the ones most likely to give them the keys back to that car which is still stuck in the ditch.
Single-issue politics is killing American democracy. I have to agree with Glen Beck on that, much as it surprises me and shocks me.
What does puzzle me on the part of the single-issue voters who will be voting for the Republicans (there are no “teaparty platform” candidates with a chance this year, they are all running as Republicans) – since 1973, we have heard that one must not vote for the Democrats because they (we) permit abortion. Well and good, that is a position I can understand and respect. And yet, despite long periods of absolute control of both houses and the presidency, domination of the Supreme Court and an opposition that makes me wince in rembrance – nothing, absolutely nothing is ever done by these Republicans to achieve these goals with which they ensnare their single-issue voters.
How many more decades do they get to say one thing and then do another?

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posted October 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

If Catholics are turning right it is because first the Democratic Party became the party of radicalism on social-family issues (which the mass media obliged the Dem Party by then claiming their stands were mainstream and that those who stood by traditional Christian moral values on social issues were the “far out” ones).
But what held many Catholics in the Democratic Party was their supposed concern for “the little guy.”
However, with the Democrats controlling everything in Washington they spent two years more interested in pushing the radical agenda of the left wing of their party. In the meanwhile, for the 4 years they controlled Congress they ignored the policies of Kennedy, Reagan, and the First Bush that pulled us out of previous recessions.
Then, when polls showed people massively opposing the most radical parts of their program–they started insulting and deriding people. Joe Biden in the last few weeks has virtually been calling voters stupid because Dems aren’t doing better in the opinion polls.
How many Catholics–or those of any religion–want to be called stupid because they take issue with some of the things pols are doing in Washington????

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posted October 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

The Right place to be is with the Republicans for all Catholics who love their country.

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posted October 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

The Immaculate Conservative
Check out my blog to read about Obama and MSNBC joining forces for the Cultural Revolution, Why the Tea Party may need to organize wholly independent of the RNC, further proof that Obama thinks you’re an idiot and my continued obsession with Christine O’Donnell!

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Pedro Finwall

posted October 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Thanks to our bishops and other Church leaders, 51% or more of Catholics would still use their vote to support the Party of death and depravity that after 40 years has left over 50 million dead unborn babies in its wake (…that’s here in the good ol’ USA).
They’ve all got some splainin’ to do…
Jesus protect and save the unborn…and please do it in spite of a vast majority of our pathetic Catholic leaders in recent decades, as well as a strong majority of others who vote against the rights of the unborn to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happinessstill think themselves Catholic.

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