Shocker: Obama’s Popularity Falls Among Catholics

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Quite frankly, how his approval among practicing Catholics isn’t in single digits is a mystery.  There’s never been an administration more openly hostile to the church, and any Catholic who still supports this regime needs to do some soul-searching.

President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse.

Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded a war on women, but the flip side of the debate — the so-called war on religion — is not going away anytime soon.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom.

The protests are expected to include priests and nuns and thousands of Catholic parishioners. Some activists expect civil disobedience, which could lead to powerful images of priests and nuns being led away in hand restraints.

“This is the most dynamic situation I’ve ever seen since I’ve been involved in Catholics and politics,” said Deal Hudson, president of Catholic Advocate, who also headed Catholic outreach for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in 2000 and 2004. “I think civil disobedience is almost inevitable. I think that kind of protest is on the way.”

Civil disobedience that’s not ginned up by Obama and his union goons? Don’t expect much media coverage of that since it doesn’t go along with the narrative.

Steven Wagner, the president of QEV Analytics, a polling firm that recently conducted a survey for The Catholic Association, said religion could emerge as a sleeper issue in the election: “Everyone says this election is about the economy. I can see the issue of religious liberty being what decides the race. If Obama continues to lose Catholics by the margin the Pew poll suggests, that means he could lose the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Iowa.”

Losses in those states could cost Obama the White House, and the states are likely aware of that fact. Wagner noted the administration will likely try to be careful and avoid provoking Catholic activists before the election.

The Obama strategy will probably be to just label them terrorists.

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20 Responses to “Shocker: Obama’s Popularity Falls Among Catholics”

  1. JPL17 on 24/24/12 at 9:15 am

    “[P]rotests are expected to include…thousands of Catholic parishioners. Some activists expect civil disobedience….”

    Count me in. Where do I sign up?

  2. susan d on 24/24/12 at 9:20 am

    The Catholics will cave. The Catholic church has been in bed with the Democratic Party for 75 years. Do not expect them to actually fight back. When given a choice between Marx and Christ, the priests will always chose Marx in the name of Christ (social justice, of course).

  3. Cromagnum on 24/24/12 at 9:20 am

    This is related, and a humorous look at the Obama vs. Catholics issue

    Do not, Obama, from the matter stray.
    Unanimous we are and set and strong.
    Thou shalt not violate our liberty for long.

    O Cardinal of Gotham! Bishop arch!
    Thou of Republicans a mindless tool!
    Thou art not fair! Thou hatest the poor!
    Thou Fairness hate and women would oppress!
    But I am in command here, and I say,
    “Fiat, Fiat!” I shall have my way.

    1st WITCH:

    2nd WITCH:

    3rd WITCH:

    (read it all, its worth it.)

  4. AnnInAZ on 24/24/12 at 9:25 am

    This is an absolutely amazing turnaround for the Conference of Catholic Bishops! As a Baptist, I was stunned when devout Catholics of my acquaintance turned out in force for Obama in 2008, despite his avowed support of abortion, up to and including partial-birth abortion.

    The Conference of Bishops has been a supporter of “progressive” politics as long as I can remember — income redistribution, illegal immigration and open borders, labor unions, massive “social” spending, and increased role of government in society. Maybe, just maybe, they have finally detected that the water in the pot is getting a little warm for those who value freedom of conscience and liberty. They aren’t jumping out yet but we can always hope.

  5. Athanasius on 24/24/12 at 9:31 am

    I believe this is true, but I am disappointed there is no data in the article.

    I would like to see comparative historical figures, and above all the break down between men and women.

    I have three devout Catholic sisters who are all Democrats and will undoubtedly vote for Obama.

    The main reason they are Democrats are that they do not believe Republicans care about the poor, the aged, or the ill.

    Like most liberals they do not care about how much anything costs.

  6. crypticguise on 24/24/12 at 10:15 am

    There are many self-identified practicing Catholics who are “buffet” Catholics or pick-and-choose liberals who have voted Democratic all their lives.

    The Democratic Party of today is not the Democratic Party of Scoop Jackson or John F. Kennedy or Hubert Humphrey. The Democratic Party today has become the Socialist Democratic Party – controlled by progressives, socialists, communists, liberals, enviro-anticapitalists (Marxists) and other left-wing radical types.

    If you vote the Democratic line you are voting for the destruction of American Capitalism and Individual Liberty. These thugs do not believe in our Constitution and are totalitarians by nature.

  7. Illinois Catholic on 24/24/12 at 10:29 am

    The Catholic Priests are gearing up. I was stunned when our local pastor talked about his committment to the coming election.

    The Catholic Church sees the 2012 election as to whether the Catholic Church will continue to exist, as we know it.

    As a lifelone Catholic, I don’t recall a candidate’s name or a political party ever being mentioned from the pulpit. That is no longer the case.

    The Catholic Church is all in on this one.

    Thank God!!

  8. Lummox JR on 24/24/12 at 11:32 am

    Swing states nothing–it was an uphill battle for him to grab those already. This would just clinch it. If he starts losing Catholics in significant numbers, Don Surber’s 40-state sweep starts sounding more and more likely. I never seriously believed MA could be in play for Romney till I read this.

    The question is whether those numbers will in fact be significant. I doubt many laypeople really care as strongly about the contraception issue as church leadership, but I do think there’s a strong case to be made that the church’s values and independence are under fire from all angles and this is just the latest salvo.

  9. Scruffy McGee on 24/24/12 at 1:35 pm

    What I can’t understand, is why ALL faiths aren’t coming together with Catholics on this! This is a basic issue of religious freedom, it is not exclusively a Catholic issue.

  10. werewife on 24/24/12 at 1:46 pm

    From what I can tell at my anecdotal level, Orthodox Jews will either happily vote for the Mormon (whose beliefs they find no more outre than those of any other Christian sect), or stay home and lament what has become of their dear Democrat Party (these last are the Ivy-educated Modern Orthodox women. Their husbands and sons will mostly be pulling the lever – or here in New York now, filling in the little circle with a black marker – for Romney.) As for me, I intend to knock on their doors to get them out and ready to DO IT!

    Anyone else thinking that November might actually be FUN?!

  11. Blue Hen on 24/24/12 at 1:54 pm

    Considering the normal leftist bent of the Church leadership, combined with the many traditional links between Catholics and the Dem party, I’ll be surprised if we see more than a slight change in the overall Catholic vote. What has happened is that it’s harder for the leadership to be overtly onboard with the hopenchange crap that they eagerly cheered on in 2008. They retire behind ‘social justice’ and if Romney wins, will return to sniping at him as they did to Bush. They pitched a fit about ‘torture’ and Guantanamo. It’s also awkward that obama has continued with rendition, military tribunals and Guantanamo.

  12. Sandy Daze on 24/24/12 at 4:59 pm

    Test of Fire: Election 2012

    Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties.

    For those who remember the USMC commercials of the last few years, you will find a great similarity with “Test of Fire.” This short video is stunning and powerful. Must have been made by those “writers, producers, artists, publishers, filmmakers, and bloggers employing all the means of communications—both old and new media—to expound and teach the faith” that the USCCB Ad Hoc committee for Religious Liberty referenced.


  13. Becca on 25/25/12 at 8:01 pm

    There shouldn’t be any Catholics voting for him but unfortunately, we have a problem of having people that disagree with the most fundamental of the Church’s teachings continuing to identify themselves as Catholics when common sense tells me that I should leave a Church if I disagree with it’s teachings. These people are not Catholics at all. The only problem I see is Romney. He had the same abortion mandate in his healthcare law and refused to grant the Catholic Church a waiver from it. His abortion stance is also troubling. My mom’s initial reaction to the ad “Test of Fire” was that she will probably not vote with Romney as the nominee. I will most likely hold my nose and reluctantly vote the lesser of two evils but there are some that respond to that argument by saying that we should rather reject all evil and that can’t be ignored.

  14. GOP KICKS ASS on 30/30/12 at 7:48 am

    Susan, you are correct. The Catholic Church is nothing but a bunch of Marxists who hate the rich, oh wait, I forgot, but they love their money and want it all for themselves to redistrbute under their social justice banner. A bunch of hypocrites if there ever were any.

  15. Richard St.Amant on 7/07/12 at 11:19 pm

    The violation of “Church and State” has been done by our government……………not by our Churches.

    The Evil one in Washington persists on pushing his Socialist agenda…… religon allowed, just like in Marxist Russia.

    His attack on the Catholic Church, vehemently opposed by the Catholic Bishops, will help to bring him down……all the way to Hell, hopefully.

    Allah must be proud of him!