CFC in the Blogs - 2008
The Hill's Congress blog
To Win the ‘Catholic Vote’: Focus on Bread and Butter Issues
24 August 2008
Catholic voters make up 25% of the American electorate and our recent poll shows that Catholic voters are currently splitting their vote for president between Barack Obama and John McCain. There is little difference in presidential preference by how often Catholics attend church. Of those polled, Catholics split 42% for Obama and 40% for McCain (with 17% undecided). Regular church-goers—those who fill the pews at Mass every week or more—split 43% for McCain and 39% for Obama.
Regardless of presidential preference, Catholics are united in their aversion to mixing religion and politics. Neither Obama nor McCain nor those in tight congressional races should concentrate on issues like abortion, which will clearly have little effect on how Catholics will vote come November. Catholic voters are mainstream voters and care about the same issues as the mainstream. Conservative Catholics may feel it necessary to try to bully Catholic voters into voting based on one issue, but it is clear that Catholics are listening carefully to what the candidates have to say—and they want to hear about the bread and butter issues that keep our country moving forward.
This article originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog on August 24, 2008.