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Welcome back -- new poll shows the president's popularity -- Catholic voters -- dropped eight points since 2008 now he's neck and neck with Mitt Romney to -- Catholic support.
This how important is -- voting bloc and couldn't be a toss up this time.
Straight away and is also -- contributor father Jonathan -- it's great to see you user this is fascinating data.
I was surprised to learn that Catholics are 251.
Of US voters that's a huge voting block it is I I don't think we can actually call it a voting bloc.
But the ones that make a difference in all the local law that necessarily vote together but -- those who do have a real trend in their voting.
Our church attending.
Catholics in the last election.
The president won as we saw on the introduction won the Catholic vote by nine points but.
McCain -- one actually those who were going to church regularly.
But we're seeing here now is that because it's now at exactly even 4949.
That meanings in -- all the stats that.
The church attending Catholics have shifted to stretch huge numbers toward.
Governor Romney in this case.
Away from person Obama that it's now those nine points.
Had actually -- in its -- -- it's why neck and -- why -- -- you know what I thought a lot about this one is that.
-- Obama to his credit made a pretty strong argument to a lot of people saying.
I am very Catholic on certain issues I -- to try to reduce the number abortions and one try to increase adoption.
I'm would you try to do all these things them actually.
Not pro homosexual marriage he made these arguments after four years those who were taking their their faith seriously and the social issues are saying.
You know what.
We don't buy those arguments as well secondly -- -- but the bishops have now made it very vigorous.
Saying there are certain things like religious liberty that must be defended in are at stake in -- selection historically its interest -- who claim -- can't.
-- but this was interest you look back through history a little bit 2000 -- of course president Barack Obama won.
Among Catholics in 2004 was George W.
Bush in 2000 Al Gore won the popular vote by.
Ten half of a percentage point Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote there twice.
In 96 and ninety's -- do so it seems to Trenton Democrat in the last what it's.
Whoever has won the Catholic vote as if we call that a black I don't think we next weekend's that's statistically but whoever's won.
The vote of most Catholics has won four of the five last elections that that's the issue but.
We should be looking at.
The church attending Catholics have you wanna see a trend but it's -- like you're saying that they began turning away from President Obama before this latest contraception controversy it's -- it seems it seems to be that's that's a fact because why.
Because we've had four years of getting to know whether or not the president's.
As stances on some of these non negotiable issues.
I'm not saying that the Republicans somehow.
Aren't bound represent the Catholics.
In totality not at all but on some of the non negotiable issues like abortion like that religious freedom.
Like -- traditional marriage and did that divide is very clear.
And Catholics also worry about the economy to us about certain -- -- father Jonathan Moore so it's great to see you thanks thanks very -- a -- Sunday it.
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