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Evangelicals and Church Going Catholic Voters Favor Romney by Wide Margins
Christian News Wire ^ | 11-7-12 | Jeff Walton

Posted on 11/08/2012 10:27:21 AM PST by Tired of Taxes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- White Catholics, Evangelicals and other Protestant voters appear to have returned to their 2004 party voting preferences in 2012, according to two polls released following Tuesday's voting.

Exit polling released through CNN revealed Protestant Christians (including evangelicals and Mainliners of all races), who made up 53 percent of the electorate, voted 42 percent for President Barack Obama and 57 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Catholics were 25 percent of the electorate, voting 50 percent for Obama and 48 percent for Romney.

Frequency of attendance at religious services revealed a significant gap in support for the candidates, with those attending "weekly" at 39 percent Obama, 59 percent Romney, 'occasionally" at 55 percent Obama and 43 percent Romney and "never" at 62 percent Obama and 34 percent Romney.

A second national poll of those who cast ballots Tuesday commissioned by the Faith and Freedom Coalition reported that white evangelicals voted roughly 78 percent for Romney to 21 percent for Obama. Romney's performance among evangelicals represented a net swing of 10 percent over John McCain's performance in 2008. It also reported that white evangelicals had increased to 27 percent of voters.

Catholic voters who regularly attend Mass broke 67 percent for Romney to 32 percent for Obama, representing a swing of 35 percent in the direction of the GOP since 2008. Romney also won white Catholics by a margin of 59 percent to 40 percent. Obama narrowly won the Catholic vote driven largely by over performing among Hispanic Catholics.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and interviewed 1,600 actual 2012 voters.

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

"Despite hopes for liberal inroads among church groups, especially evangelicals, it appears that evangelicals and traditional Catholics voted strongly along conservative lines. Undoubtedly they were motivated at least partly by issues such as marriage, abortion and religious freedom, especially the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate on religious groups.

"Whatever the reasons for the election’s final result, it seemingly is not due to lack of active concern from tens of millions of evangelicals and traditional Catholics."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholicvote; christianvote; election2012; evangelical; evangelicals; ralphreed
Just came across this article and did not see it posted yet.
1 posted on 11/08/2012 10:27:28 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Salvation; Coleus; NVDave

FYI


2 posted on 11/08/2012 10:30:06 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Wonder how many stayed home?


3 posted on 11/08/2012 10:30:58 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thank you for this article. I refuse to be lumped in with cafeteria Cathollics and left-wing Protestants.


4 posted on 11/08/2012 10:34:14 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Good luck figuring out who they thought you should vote for if you came to my church.

From the pulpit the only thing said about the mandate was an invitation to go to the parish website where you could access a link to the Bishops’ statement on it.

They handed out a voters guide in the bulletin that was a complete mish-mash of pro life, anti-mandate, immigration amnesty and “social justice” stuff.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 10:35:47 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tired of Taxes
I was curious how this was going to break out. I think the hierarchy of the RCC deserve credit for trying to get their church members to vote their church teachings. However, I think any consideration of "the Catholic vote" is a waste of time. We would be better served to look at this group in smaller demographics.

It is clear the "Catholic vote" doesn't vote the way their church leadership encourages since a majority went with obama.

6 posted on 11/08/2012 10:35:57 AM PST by wmfights
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To: Tired of Taxes
"Despite hopes for liberal inroads among church groups, especially evangelicals, it appears that evangelicals and traditional Catholics voted strongly along conservative lines. Undoubtedly they were motivated at least partly by issues such as marriage, abortion and religious freedom, especially the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate on religious groups.

"Whatever the reasons for the election’s final result, it seemingly is not due to lack of active concern from tens of millions of evangelicals and traditional Catholics."

Ping for later.

7 posted on 11/08/2012 10:38:13 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: wmfights
I was curious how this was going to break out. I think the hierarchy of the RCC deserve credit for trying to get their church members to vote their church teachings.

It was not forceful enough and it was too late. They never confessed to being wrong about Obama in the first place which I think would have done much good.

However, I think any consideration of "the Catholic vote" is a waste of time. We would be better served to look at this group in smaller demographics.

agreed

It is clear the "Catholic vote" doesn't vote the way their church leadership encourages since a majority went with obama

A smaller majority than ever, which is the right direction. Time to separate the goats from the sheep and the wheat from the chaff.

8 posted on 11/08/2012 10:39:45 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: All

“Exit polling released through CNN revealed Protestant Christians (including evangelicals and Mainliners of all races), who made up 53 percent of the electorate, voted 42 percent for President Barack Obama and 57 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.”

I understand the theological reservations that evangelicals have about Mormons and yes, I can understand how some evangelicals had problems with Romney’s record on social issues.

But seriously - 42% voted for Obama?!

What were they thinking - that by voting for Obama, they’d bring the End Times on faster?!

If I were an evangelical and had serious problems with Romney, serious enough to not wanna vote for him, I’d have let that race go blank on my ballot.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 10:40:10 AM PST by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Wonder how many stayed home?

As a Catholic, I really couldn't guess. But, I do know that there is a high percentage of CINO's. In fact, a woman told me that even though she supported abortion she was just as much a Catholic as the Pope.

As I look back over the past 40 to 50 years I think that I know the reason for the high percentage of Catholics who vote for pro-abortion politicians.

There is the lovey-dovey, touchy-feely, hopey-changey attitude of the priests. This also is observable in the Protestant pastors as well.

They have done this to maintain the head count in their parishes and congregations because they have bills to be paid. So they have allowed the infiltration of ideas and behaviors that run contrary to pre-Vatican II dogma.

The net result is that morals have been diluted and the priest and pastors in many instances have become moral eunuchs.

10 posted on 11/08/2012 10:43:06 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Tired of Taxes

This proves there are a lot of “Christians” who are lost as a bunch of geese without a leader. No “Christian” who truly knows Christ could vote for a democrat. Especially the democrats of today. Reid is a Mormon who doesn’t act like any Mormon I ever met. And Pelosi doesn’t act like any Catholic I’ve ever know. And obama, well, we KNOW what he is.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 10:46:15 AM PST by Terry Mross (Once again I wasted my vote. But I have learned my lesson.)
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To: Jim Robinson

76% of Hispanics, MOSTLY Catholics, disobeyed the orders of their bishops. 92% of blacks, Christians mostly, disobeyed orders from many of their pastors NOT to support a candidate who advocated same sex. Their is an ELECTORATE problem in America.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 10:48:29 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: MplsSteve

“If I were an evangelical and had serious problems with Romney, serious enough to not wanna vote for him, I’d have let that race go blank on my ballot.”

It appears that is what many of them did or did not even come to the polls. I was afraid of that early on when many on this forum stated they would never vote for a Morman or a Rino. I thought that they would come to their senses by Election Day, but I guess not.

It was turnout that beat us in the end.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 10:51:28 AM PST by Okieshooter
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To: Tired of Taxes
Evangelicals and Church Going Catholic Voters Favor Romney by Wide Margins

Whoopdie-freakin'-Doo!

14 posted on 11/08/2012 11:08:03 AM PST by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: Jim Robinson

I know of some very conservative church-going Catholics who said they would not vote for Romney. Anecdotal evidence only, and they were just a small number, but one wonders how many others did the same.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 11:09:52 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: MplsSteve

I didn’t vote for him, left my ballot blank on that line. Wasn’t because he was Mormon though I suppose that could have been a reason for some.

I said I wasn’t going to vote or work on behalf of an unprincipled opportunistic Massuchusetts Liberal and I meant it. Never once did he offer me any hope he could be counted upon to do anything that would reverse the trajectory of this country. Not socially, not religiously, not economically and he hadn’t a clue what he was talking about on foreign affairs. He wanted the glory of being “president” for the sake of it. That just isn’t good enough.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 11:16:50 AM PST by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: Soul Seeker
Well isn't that special !
17 posted on 11/08/2012 11:25:14 AM PST by tomkat ( <shrug>)
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To: JaguarXKE

There will no longer be enough church going people to win anything nationally. This was the last chance.


18 posted on 11/08/2012 12:18:35 PM PST by xcullen
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The pastor at my church railed for weeks and weeks about the HHS Mandate and the Obama administration. He even had us all praying for our First Amendment rights. To be perfectly frank, this was one of the reasons I joined this particular church. I guess other people were sitting in the pews, listening to what I was listening to, and ignoring the advice.


19 posted on 11/08/2012 12:51:33 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Oh well. There goes another scapegoat for the Rinos - evangelical Christians. Sooner or later the liberal GOP will look in the mirror.


20 posted on 11/08/2012 1:50:53 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Tired of Taxes

I see no methodology. There’s no mention of sample size, methodology of selection of voter, etc. There’s no mention of geographical area(s) where this polling was conducted, during what time, nor what the stats look like for absentee or early voting, nor is there any demographic information on what the general control population makeup is or their voting patterns.

In other words, waving this sort of stuff around in front of a retired EE like me, who has studied a lot of probability and stats, leaves me completely non-plussed. You might as well have told me the average price of potato(e)s in three different states - it would be about as relevant to the election as these exit polls.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 3:47:02 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Tired of Taxes

I see no methodology. There’s no mention of sample size, methodology of selection of voter, etc. There’s no mention of geographical area(s) where this polling was conducted, during what time, nor what the stats look like for absentee or early voting, nor is there any demographic information on what the general control population makeup is or their voting patterns.

In other words, waving this sort of stuff around in front of a retired EE like me, who has studied a lot of probability and stats, leaves me completely non-plussed. You might as well have told me the average price of potato(e)s in three different states - it would be about as relevant to the election as these exit polls.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 3:47:02 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Jim Robinson

I know of evangelical Christians who refused to vote for either Obama or Romney. Obama, because ... he’s Obama, with all the baggage of the left.

But they wouldn’t vote for Romney, because he’s an evil Mormon, with plural wives in a cave somewhere up in the hills of Utah...

No, I’m not kidding. There’s a lot of crazy stuff that comes down from the pulpits of a lot of churches.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 3:53:24 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Jim Robinson

I know of evangelical Christians who refused to vote for either Obama or Romney. Obama, because ... he’s Obama, with all the baggage of the left.

But they wouldn’t vote for Romney, because he’s an evil Mormon, with plural wives in a cave somewhere up in the hills of Utah...

No, I’m not kidding. There’s a lot of crazy stuff that comes down from the pulpits of a lot of churches.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 3:53:24 PM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave
Sorry, but I can't find more information about the time, methodology, etc., for this study. You're right, that information should be included. Here's another study showing similar results, although I do not see the information you want there, either. I wish I could help with more information.
25 posted on 11/08/2012 5:34:07 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

So here’s an easy way to game this type of poll:

Take the survey among only target voting populations in the west, where there are more Mormons.

Among east-coast Catholics I’ve known (eg, Italians in upstate NY), their support or tolerance of Mormons is nowhere near this - and isn’t above 50%, either. Matter of fact, their tolerance of anyone who isn’t Italian and Catholic was one of the reasons why I left the area 30 years ago.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 5:45:12 PM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave

Well, this is only anecdotal evidence, but... Most of the Italian Catholics whom I know voted for Romney. But I don’t live in NY, and this small sample wouldn’t represent the entire population. There’s no doubt there are other Catholics voting Democrat.


27 posted on 11/08/2012 8:04:18 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Now you know who your real friends are. Sane Catholics, meet evangelicals. Evangelicals, meet sane Catholics.


28 posted on 11/14/2012 8:18:15 PM PST by michigancatholic
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