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Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics
Obama has substantially widened his lead among Catholic voters since June, the Pew poll found.
September 27th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead among Catholic voters, a crucial swing voting bloc, according to a recent Pew poll.

Obama leads opponent Mitt Romney among Catholic voters by 54% to 39%, according to the survey, conducted from September 12 to 16 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Obama’s lead in the Pew survey comes despite outspoken recent criticism of the Obama administration from America’s Catholic bishops and despite Mitt Romney’s selection of a Catholic running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

The survey was released last week, but the findings on Catholic voters were highlighted this week by the Religion News Service, which notes that Obama held a much tighter 49-47% lead over Romney among Catholics in a June Pew poll.

John Green, a religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, said Obama’s gains among Catholic came from growing support among Hispanic and black Catholic voters, but also from white Catholics, among whom Obama is now tied with Romney.

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“That’s the part of the poll that I think is kind of surprising,” Green said, noting that Obama lost white Catholics in 2008, even as he won the overall Catholic vote.

Green said that it is white Catholics who were most likely to be receptive to the bishops’ recent attacks against the Obama administration over what the church says is the White House’s curtailment of religious freedom.

In its recent “Fortnight for Freedom,” campaign, the church urged American priests to denounce the administration’s requirement that health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage to employees, even if those employees work for Catholic organizations that oppose contraception.

“The bishops were hoping those efforts would bring more moderate and liberal Catholics, not necessarily for Romney but against the administration’s position,” Green said.

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John Allen, CNN’s chief Vatican analyst, noted that at least one other recent national poll gave Romney a slight lead among Catholics, and that Romney leads among Catholics who attend Mass each week.

“That either shows that the more practicing you are, the more pro-Romney (or anti-Obama) you are,” Allen said in an e-mail message, “or it says something about the political message Catholics are getting in their parishes these days.”

Catholic voters, who accounted for more than a quarter of the electorate in the 2008 election, have voted with the winning presidential candidate in every election going back to the early 1990s.

In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Catholics by 54% to 45%. In 2004, John Kerry - the first Catholic nominee for president since John F. Kennedy - lost the Catholic vote to George W. Bush, provoking Democrats to take Catholic outreach more seriously.

Both major parties had America’s highest-profile Catholic cleric, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, give the closing prayer at their recent political conventions.

The Democratic Convention also featured a Catholic nun who led a “nuns on the bus" tour attacking the federal budget that Ryan designed in his role as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Obama and Romney campaigns have both rolled out Catholic outreach efforts in recent days, and the Romney camp has highlighted Ryan’s Catholicism.

“A faithful Catholic, Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life,” Romney said when he introduced Ryan as his running mate last month.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Bishops • Catholic Church • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (1,503 Responses)
  1. Jim Brody

    Ho can you call yourself "Informed"? Don't know much about history, do you?

    September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  2. bxgrrl

    "says something about political messages Catholics are getting in their parishes..." They shouldn't be getting any political messages. Separation of church and state!

    September 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Milton

      Grow up. Seperation of church and state is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. If there is separation of church and state, how can the state dictate what a church can preach. I would consider that infringement of religious freedom not to mention freedom of speech (exactly the kind our forefathers sought to protect) and expression against our government without retalitation by that government. Honestly, a preacher instruvcting its flock how to vote really is no different than the republican party or the democratic party or atheists, or any other group. It is NOT establishing a religion we must all follow or belong. I really see no problem with people giving their opinions in religios establishements as to how their members should vote. They have that right becasue of separation of church and state.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • OneTruth

      Milton. So you think they would give up their tax-free status? I doubt it, so they should keep away from supporting politcal candidates. Especially when you considert the power that the average preacher has over their congregation.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Milton

      One Truth: As far as tax free status and giving that up...why would I care about that? Tax them- I could give a hoot. But, I would suggest you run the numbers and imagine if the government had to pick up the tab for all the Catholic Church, and other religions do, for the needy. If religious stopped doing this and your income tax had to make up that difference I think you might enjoy their tax free status more than I. But to the simpler question...should taxes be used to buy our silence? That would be the state punishing people for practicing their religion- you may be alright with that but I am not. Either tax them or do not but don't use in retribution for people excercising their rights.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Grow up. Seperation of church and state is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard.

      Bet little Milton would be upset if his Priest told him to vote for the
      "other" candidate.
      Its OK if its the one he likes.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  3. AmericanLiberal

    So telling everyone all this accomplishes what ?
    The hopes that these groups just don't show up on election day, because the election is a "Gimme"
    I seriously doubt any religious person other than a few blacks are going to vote Obama this time. They feel majorly betrayed, with many a promise broken, and all the sucking up to anti-god groups (just for a few votes)
    That strategy will backfire on us – I think that we cannot buffalo our way into another win and that the news media is lying profusely. That our president is slipping badly, we are down by a size-able margin, and that journalistic integrity is long gone.
    The people are starting to see it very clearly and it will not work this time.
    I see it REAL clear...

    September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

      I do not understand why you are saying that religious people will not vote O. The scientific polls show otherwise. You do believe in science, don't you?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • ghostriter

      Nope, just another poll showing Romney losing another demographic. Not bad for a muslim atheist communist from Kenya, huh?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • FLIndpendent

      If you're serious you are living on another planet. Just look at the campaign rallys and you'll see the difference. If the cheating by the Repubs is kept to a minimum President Obama will win in a landslide! This from a Catholic.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Milton

      Interesting point. I'm not sure how these polls are cosntructed but I'm in the northeast and that is well know liberal Catholic country. I'm part of that clan and unless people who are catholic are lying, there is a marked difference in what they say this time around. Last election majority of my friends and family voted Obama but this time they claim they have seen enough. Abortion was not high on their list nor is birth control but that mandate went down pretty hard as one thing. Droning is not playing out well because nor is his divisiveness as they see him breaking up the larger community and what can be accomplished fr all when that happens. He does get some points with the wealth thing but many see this as rhetoric with no teeth as the numbers just are not there. He also has not kept so many promises that they doubt that part of his character will change. So, maybe I am wrong but I doubt Catholics in more religious areas such as midwest and south will move toward him...how many Catholics are in Hollywood?

      September 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • spartan74

      I'm not sure what planet or medication you're on but the presidents lead over Romney increases almost daily now. People are starting to wake up and are beginning to see what a threat Romney is to this country. Not everyone is 100% behind Obama but everyone who knows the truth is 100% against Romney. Even Fox "news" has Obama with a 4 point lead over Romney. If Fox is willing to concede 4 points then you know his lead is much bigger in reality. You really need to start paying attention.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Clear as a glass of milk.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  4. Chunk a chunk

    Great, let's go for abortion-happy Obama! Disregard what the priests say then about abortion!

    September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Huebert

      You should shorten that to, "disregard what the priest say."

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • LAguy

      Don't worry,a majority of Catholics support a woman's right to control her own body. And over 90% of Catholics say they are using or have used birth control.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

      LAguy:

      Exactly. When the Repubs had their primary debate in Arizona, they were all going crazy over birth control. Funny cause I didn't meet any women there with ten kids.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Chunk a chunk

      LAIdiot, FYI, for catholics, there is a huge difference in support between birth control and abortion.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      When a priest has an abortion, get back to me.
      Until then, what a woman does with her body, is HER BUSINESS.

      By the way, i am still looking in the bible on what Jesus says about abortion.
      Cant find ZIP.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  5. I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

    I guess they're OK after all.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  6. The Truth

    "In its recent “Fortnight for Freedom,” campaign, the church urged American priests to denounce the administration’s requirement that health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage to employees, even if those employees work for Catholic organizations that oppose contraception." "The bishops were hoping those efforts would bring more moderate and liberal Catholics, not necessarily for Romney but against the administration’s position,” Green said.

    "To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates." – section 501(c)

    The Catholic Church should lose it's tax exempt status. Period.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

      Yup. Applies to all churches, including Catholic.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • zaggs

      If the catholic church should lose its tax exempt status, there are a whole heaping amount of black churches that would lose it as well for their support of Obama in 2008 and this year.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • AmericanLiberal

      I think they could easily pull that off...
      Maybe all large church organizations should loose the non-profit gig.
      Just right off all the charity work they do, say bye bye to that

      Does America really want churches pulling out of their charity work ? The only folks around after Katrina were christian churches – FEMA was nowhere to be found
      The local food banks and homeless ministries in my community are christian – 95%
      Lets talk some more crap about christians ra ra ra – the largest single group BY FAR in our country
      And then tell them to vote for us – ya, that's the ticket
      NOT

      September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

      zaggs:

      Are you saying that Catholics can't be black?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • ghostriter

      zags, what's your point? Why make the distinction between black and white catholics? Or did you not know that black folks can be catholics as well?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  7. EJ

    A vote for Romney is simply selling yourself and rights to him and the millionaires who are backing him.....it should be obvious at this point.....

    September 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • doug

      Obama is a big time millionaire and land owner, I am lost as to your point. its like the pot calling the kettle black. if either was worth a damn they would make a 0% tax on all mfg plants that are in USA. foreign or domestic and increase import tax. making our jobs come back.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • EJ

      Doug...both are millioniares but one of important difference is one supports workers maintaining a voice and a worthy salary while the other is supports working the heck out workers for cheap while company owners make out like bandits. I want to remind you, american jobs were shipped over seas under GOP leadership to take advantage of slave labor and avoid taxes. It would cause me to wonder what their plans were for americans once they brought those jobs back given they are attacking workers right to a voice in the workplace among many other things....

      September 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  8. Dallas

    @Lionel – are you kidding????? If you think Obama cares for the middle class or the little lower class, you'd better think again. He could care less about you.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • James PDX

      Dallas, I wholeheartedly agree with you. However, Obama's path to political success requires that he DO more things that benefit the middle class than Romney's path. Neither really care about us.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • SAC

      Would you please explain why you made this statement. Al little substance would be refreshing.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Lionel

      You are wrong Dallas. Just look at what he is fighting for.

      The Republicans want to give another 20% in tax cuts to the super wealthy.

      Obama has passed the Affordable Care Act which lowers medical cost for Seniors, Veterans and Students.
      He has fought to get PELLS grants for students and for interest rates to be lower.
      He has lower the taxes 33 times for small businesses
      He has passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act – equal pay for work of equal value for women

      These are things that the poor and middle class cares about.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Scotchguard

      I am a lot less convinced that Romney and the Tea Party care about the average person than Obama. Who blocked the bills that would have created even more jobs and outright said they were doing it just to thwart Obama's progress? Answer: Tea Party members of Congress. It will voting for Democrats only from here on for me.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Lionel

      Romney only cares about Firing People and his Swiss, Cayman Island and Bahamas bank accounts.

      Romney / Ryan are for the almighty dollar.

      Obama Cares, Obama Cares, Obama Cares

      September 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Obama wants us all to be able to afford health care.
      Romney wants to trash it.
      Tells me all i need to know.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    george- You're 100% correct. They aren't catholic and were never Republicans but would vote for the DIMS if Charles Manson were the candidate.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Huebert

      You have to hit the "Reply" button to post in the correct spot.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Figures your from Texas.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  10. Missy

    I will not now or in the future, start judging other people's Catholicism I believe I don't have the place to do it and it's a waste of time. What I feel I'm here to do is serve My Heavenly Father and His kingdom both here on earth and in heaven. The bickering is pointless and if we want people to know that "we're Christians by our love" we better start living it.
    Peace and God's blessings to all this day.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Scotchguard

      The "Christian love" shown by the extreme right and their vitriolic posturing has driven people away from both the Republican party and from churches and Christianity in general. Christianity is rapidly becoming known as the religion of extreme attack-dog behavior. Love? For those looking at Christianity from the outside, it's nowhere to be found. I'm fairly sure that the Tea Party was NOT what Jesus had in mind.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  11. Mark

    so if you vote for Romney, your just ucking stupid!

    September 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      With the economy in the dump, unemployment (real) @15%, inflation eating up the working man's paycheck, the Nation $16 trillion in debt and counting., have a president that thinks apology and appeasement is a coherent foreign policy, is covering up the terrorism in the Lybian attacks, covering up the truth of "fast and furious"...YOU actually think somebody voting for ROMNEY is stupid?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      Mark, it sounds like you are an intelligent person with such an extensive & civil vocabulary! Hope you're passing that on to your children! I'm sure they're proud!

      September 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • OneTruth

      AT. You know that what is true in your post was primarily started by the Bush admistration. Most of the debt comes from there – unfunded tax cuts, two unfunded wars, etc. That ran over into this administration; if he couldn't get rid of Bush's unfunded spending overnight or the economic catastrophe started under the Bush administration.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Adam F

      I've yet to hear a coherent argument in favor of Romney that isn't based on lies.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  12. MrApplesauce

    Ryan isn't a Catholic, he's a Ayn Rand follower.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • OneTruth

      He's flip-flopped on that. He didn't realise that someone who would write this was an atheist ".. that dark, incoherent passion within you, which you take as the voice of god ... is nothing more than the corpse of your mind."
      But he's still for selfish greed.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  13. palintwit

    Repeated studies have shown that there is a greater incidence of child molestation and incest among southern white evangelical christians than in any other group. Living in tightly cramped quarters (such as trailer parks) is one of the main causes of perverted behavior among christians. Those requiring further proof need only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The abundance of toothless cretins you will see are a direct result of years of inbreeding.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • I_Guess_Catholics_R_OK

      1. I haven't seen those studies.
      2. What does that have to do with the article?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  14. Robert Brown

    God will give us the president we deserve.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Yes Seriously!

      YoU DESERVE Romney – but you'll VOTE Obama and get 3rd world status and lose your standing as a super power!

      I'm not American but I always thought you were reasonably smart. It turns out I was wrong – Americans are too stupid to think for themselves – they depend on CNN and Fox to tell them what to do!
      You're not educated; you have no clue how desperately bad your economy is; and worse – you don't care as long as you "LIKE" your President, and as long as he has the gift of the gab and tells you how wonderful you are! Pffft!

      You deserve all you get. Let China and Russia take over.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  15. Jared

    Please stop referring to Paul Ryan as a Catholic. I'm a practicing Roman Catholic and can tell you with no reservation that if Ryan is a Catholic, he's forgotten everything he was ever taught in the Church. He's an embarrassment and a fraud.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Jim Brody

      Amen!!

      September 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      Jared, exactly what is it that makes you so informed of Paul Ryan's Catholic "short-comings?" Do you think he is not living his faith because he is 1) Pro Life? 2) For freedom of Religion? 3) For subsidiarity? Or are you just being a mouthpiece for the "Real Catholic – Nancy Pelosi" whom the Pope himself had to take to task she was so far off-base on Catholic morals & catechism?

      September 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Chunk a chunk

      Jared, so are Pelosi and Biden model cathlics? Please! They make me sick!!

      September 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jared

      Odd...was I talking about Pelosi or Biden? Do either of them campaign and try to win support based on their faith like Ryan has been? Uhh...NO. But nice try to change the discussion. Being pro-life doesn't impress me one bit when you have no compassion for the less fortunate and actually try to win points with the electorate by painting them as lazy good for nothings. Also, lying through your teeth and refusing to back down even when you've been caught doesn't show much for ethics, let alone a supposed Christian faith. Abortion is going anywhere regardless of who wins this election...so I plan to vote for the candidate who I happen to agree with on a lot of other issues and who actually has a clueabout the economy and isn't trying to terrify voters with this debt/deficit issue that may or may not happen 15-20 years from now. The US needs to recover from the worst recession we've seen in generations...cutting spending is the exact wrong thing to do to make that happen. The Tea Party has hijacked the GOP with their craziness and for that reason, my options are clear.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Milton

      Jared, unfortnately that can be said of the majority of Catholics. Part of the reason your church is slowly disintegrating before your very eyes is because you have become Americanized and there is no agreement on the teachings of the Catholic Church. I have no idea what the Catholic church stands for. Even your Catholic educational centers have no cohesive and consistant teachings. Based on your post, I guess good Catholics leave the log in their eye and judge others?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Jared, exactly what is it that makes you so informed of Paul Ryan's Catholic "short-comings?"

      Jesus would help the poor.
      Ryans budget would cut out any aid to poor people.
      How "Jesus" like of him.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  16. tonyh110

    Guess Catholics hate Mormons so much they'll sink this country to stop Romney – shameful

    September 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Jim Brody

      Yeah, that's it. Deep thinker, aren't you?

      September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Lionel

      No, Catholics are compassonate and caring people.

      This is something we do not see in Romney / Ryan. They are all for the almightly dollar.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • LAguy

      Uh yeah, that's it. Catholics just really really hate Mormons. ROFLOL. And I've also heard they detest prancing horses and car elevators too. Pass it along.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • OneTruth

      No. I think they see very clearly what a Romney/Ryan administration would do – and they don't want that. A president who keeps his money off-shore which is either a bet against the US economy or a way to avoid US tax or both! Who wants that?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      Firstly, Catholics do not 'hate.'

      Secondly, if you believe everything that CNN reports on – and it does a great job finding all the needles in the haystacks that 'profess' to go along with their left-wing-agenda... (as did the DNC when they found 1 Catholic Nun to speak as if she spoke for 'all' Catholics) then sure – it's easy for you to throw out criticisms about which you know nothing.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Milton

      Unfortunately it is a rare Catholic who supports the church and its teaching, let alone the sacraments. Funny, durign the first wave of catholic immigration people feared Catholics would change our country, and they have. The unfortuante thing is that in changing our country they are slowly seeing the undoing of their church. I give them another three or four generations.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • FLIndpendent

      You mean like Evangelicals & their Tea Party friends would rather sink the country than vote for Obama!

      September 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • OneTruth

      OYOLF. Yes only one nun spoke but there were many "nuns on the bus". Doesn't your church supposedly support the poor and least fortunate? Why criticize them for doing that. Not everyone is like Paul "I agree with Ayn Rand but now I understand she's an atheist I'll keep the selfish greed part" Ryan.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      Firstly, Catholics do not 'hate.

      BULLSHIP.
      If i had a dollar for every name i have been called
      by a catholic i would be rich.
      You people dont practice what you preach.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  17. CNNuthin

    I wonder if anyone is going to mention Obama's Christmas Tree Tax from last year.... "Obama's War on Christmas!" I think it was called.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • LAguy

      Yeah that vicious war claimed the lives of 27 mall Santas and over 500 toy making elves.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  18. libdumb

    Wonderful so now as I Catholic I can engage in killing babies and perversion. Obama is the DEVIL. Catholics stand for nothing.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • James PDX

      I agree with you – Catholics stand for nothing.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • ITGUY

      Lol, really? Get a life. You make your own life decisions not Obama. What a loser

      September 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • constupid

      No, but as a Republican you must support killing and perversion... If you are capable of it, you can read all about it in your party platform...

      September 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      libdumb

      Wonderful so now as I Catholic I can engage in killing babies and perversion. Obama is the DEVIL. Catholics stand for nothing.

      Lets see......

      Love starting wars-–check.
      Pro death penalty-–check.

      Two out of three aint bad ?

      September 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  19. Jim Brody

    White, cradle Catholic here. I voted for Mr Obama in 2008 and will vote for him again this year. I cannot understand how a Catholic could vote for the likes of Romney/Ryan.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • AmericanLiberal

      ya right... BS

      September 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      It's called Pro-Life. It's a basic tenet of our (the Catholic) faith. How on earth can you NOT vote for Romney/Ryan?
      Obama is the single most Anti-Life, Anti-Religion POTUS in history. How can any Catholic vote for Obama??

      September 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Lionel

      I am a Hispanic Catholic and I am voting for Obama.

      I don't agree with all of his policies but he is for the people and he truly cares about the poor and the middle class.

      I can't say the same thing about Romney. They is just something about him that I don't like.

      Obama 2012

      September 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Dallas

      Touche! I cannot understand why ANYONE would vote for Nobama PERIOD!

      September 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Jared

      Hear hear, Jim. The only issue that Romney and Ryan stand in union with the Church on is abortion...outside of that, they stand for practically everything the Church fights against. Kudos to many Catholics for having the intelligence to realize that there's more to voting for a President than just one issue.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Milton

      I cannot believe how they could except tey do not agree with each other like the rest of us.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  20. Joesph M.

    WOW,,, the moronic stupidity that has been spewing from everyone's keyboards on BOTH sides of this topic is amazing, and FULLY encompasses the reason why this country is so screwed up... For the most part, all of your moronic, unsubstantiated, self-serving interpretation of the Catholic religion, Christianity, Obama and Romney could not be more entertaining. How sad and pathetic you all are.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • James PDX

      Joseph and his amazing technicolor vote is hilarious.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Milton

      welcome to the human race Joseph. You just figured this out? LOL

      September 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
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