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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 04:55 PM
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42. That's was Republican Catholics...not Dems!
Edited on Sun Apr-20-08 04:56 PM by Breeze54
Can Kerry Carry The Catholic Vote?

Despite Woes With Church Leaders, He May Win Rank-And-File


Kerrys experience shows he knows how to win the Catholic vote. In his 1996 re-election to the Senate, Kerry faced a difficult challenge from Massachusetts sitting governor, William Weld, and many pundits predicted a Kerry defeat.

In the end, Kerry walked away with a seven-point victory, due at least in part to his support among Catholics. According to a CBS News exit poll in that election, Catholics made up 50 percent of Massachusetts voters, and they voted 53 percent to 43 percent for Kerry.

In the presidential primary elections this year, Kerry showed a similar ability to attract Catholic votes, at least among Democrats. For example, in the nine Super Tuesday states that voted on March 2, Kerry won 62 percent of the Catholic vote, according to CBS News exit polls, running 10 points better among Catholics than he did among all voters.

His performance among Catholic voters in earlier primary contests was similarly strong.

Looking forward to the general election, Catholic voters seem open to a challenge to President Bush. According to a CBS News/New York Times Poll in late April, only 40 percent of Catholic registered voters said they approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing as president, while over half reported disapproval. In contrast, 47 percent of all registered voters approve of Mr. Bushs performance, as do 53 percent of Protestant voters.

Catholics seems specifically dissatisfied with Mr. Bush on the elections two most important issues the economy and the war in Iraq. Only 34 percent of Catholic voters in the April survey said they approve of the way Mr. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq, compared to 41 percent of all voters. In addition, 58 percent of Catholic voters feel the war in Iraq was a mistake, while only 48 percent of all voters feel that way.

On the economy, only 38 percent of Catholic voters said they approve of the way Mr. Bush is currently handling it, compared to 45 percent of Protestant voters and 40 percent of all registered voters. And Catholic voters are not much more optimistic about the future of the economy under Mr. Bush only 22 percent feel the economy will improve if Mr. Bush is re-elected.

Whether Kerry can capitalize on Catholic voters dissatisfaction with Mr. Bush remains to be seen. One looming question is Kerrys relationship with the Catholic Church itself. Kerry has taken criticism lately from members of the Church hierarchy for political positions that run counter to the Churchs, most prominently his support of abortion rights.

His problems with the Church may not affect his potential with its voters, however, as these voters themselves take positions antithetical to Catholic doctrine.

According to CBS News exit polls, in the 2000 presidential election 55 percent of Catholic voters voiced support for abortion remaining either mostly or entirely legal a number virtually identical to that of voters at large.

Even on the years hot moral wedge issue gay marriage Catholics do not appear automatically predisposed to the Churchs position. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll in March, Catholics are actually more supportive of gay marriage or civil unions than are most Americans 64 percent of Catholics said they support either gay marriage or civil unions, compared to 54 percent of all Americans.

It seems that Catholics are in play in this election, as in past elections. Among registered voters in the most recent CBS News/New York Times poll, Catholics were leaning in favor of Kerry, choosing him over Mr. Bush by 46 percent to 40 percent, when asked whom they would support if the election were held at this early stage.



The '04 election was stolen.

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  -Is the Pope ever gonna LEAVE??? SoCalDem  Apr-20-08 02:50 PM   #0 
  - LOL - you must be reading my mind! -eom  Justitia   Apr-20-08 02:51 PM   #1 
  - Well, it would be a great time for someone to trot out the McSame  kevinbgoode   Apr-20-08 02:54 PM   #2 
  - Oh, yes, I would like to hear the Pope's answer to that one!  jwirr   Apr-20-08 02:55 PM   #3 
  - WHAT????  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:00 PM   #4 
  - You forgot about his cool shiny red slippers  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:02 PM   #5 
     - I didn't forget,  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:05 PM   #7 
     - Aisle or window? I'll save you a seat  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:07 PM   #8 
     - I'll take aisle  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:23 PM   #10 
        - We'll have to charge you $10 extra  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:28 PM   #11 
           - In Hell,  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:31 PM   #13 
     - He has a lacy thing he wears under his skirt. I've seen a picture of it.  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 03:44 PM   #22 
        - No, no, no, no  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:50 PM   #23 
           - Naw, I didn'tmake up the red shoes thing. It was on the tee vee.  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 04:04 PM   #25 
              - My son's headed for Italy too (mostly Florence)  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 04:09 PM   #28 
              - Wow, so you'll be going to a wedding in FLorence?!! How cool is that!  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 04:18 PM   #33 
                 - The wedding is in Norco, CA  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 04:22 PM   #37 
                    - Oops, sorry. I've got Italy on the brain today, for obvious reasons.  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 04:30 PM   #39 
                       - Tuscany  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 06:32 PM   #56 
                          - Oh, Lucca! I went there in 06 on a train from Montecatini!  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 07:44 PM   #68 
                             - Lucca, part two  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 08:08 PM   #71 
                                - Lovely! It reminds me that Giacomo Puccini had his villa and garden outside Lucca.  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 08:26 PM   #72 
              - Coincidence?  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 04:19 PM   #34 
                 - Thank you! Mind if I call you Tang?  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 04:51 PM   #41 
                    - Call me Tang, sure...  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 05:56 PM   #49 
                       - Oh, yes about the Italians! Any people who would design a pasta  CTyankee   Apr-20-08 06:05 PM   #50 
                          - Hey.. Italians love the human body..look at all the marble they abused, honoring it  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 06:15 PM   #53 
                             - Yeah, well, but,  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 06:30 PM   #55 
     - Now if someone can get him to just click his heels three times...  notsodumbhillbilly   Apr-20-08 04:23 PM   #38 
     - Those are Cheney's hands, right?  bushmeister0   Apr-20-08 07:27 PM   #63 
  - He was promised 5 days of air time for helping to elect Bush...  Junkdrawer   Apr-20-08 03:03 PM   #6 
  - B.S. That is so much nonsense.  Zynx   Apr-20-08 04:15 PM   #30 
     - The 5 days I made up...helping Bush's election is a matter of record...  Junkdrawer   Apr-20-08 04:21 PM   #35 
        - That's was Republican Catholics...not Dems!  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 04:55 PM   #42 
           - Bush increased his margin of Catholic support by 6 points from the 2000 election...  Junkdrawer   Apr-20-08 05:08 PM   #43 
              - You are leaping and bounding... and "Values Voters" ARE the RW!!!  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 05:12 PM   #44 
                 - I'M leaping and bounding??...Weren't you the one who insisted I was wrong...  Junkdrawer   Apr-20-08 05:15 PM   #45 
                    - You are talking about rethug voters to try and make your case.  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 05:19 PM   #46 
                       - Nope. I always referred to him as Ratzinger. Read for yourself...  Junkdrawer   Apr-20-08 05:23 PM   #47 
  - One more mass at NY Stadium and he flies out at 8 PM est....  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 03:12 PM   #9 
  - Hahahahahhaha  malaise   Apr-20-08 03:30 PM   #12 
  - I used to love the weather channel, but their "Dr Marie"  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:35 PM   #16 
     - LOL  malaise   Apr-20-08 03:38 PM   #19 
  - I can't stand religious propaganda either BUT that the pope is hanging around is no doubt  TheGoldenRule   Apr-20-08 03:32 PM   #14 
  - Longer than Reagan's Funeral  momster   Apr-20-08 03:34 PM   #15 
  - Make that 3 hours (when you're talking about TV)  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:37 PM   #18 
  - Reagan's funeral  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-20-08 03:51 PM   #24 
  - Bill Graham was on TV for 9 days and does it every year!  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 04:07 PM   #26 
  - OMG, that's still going on isn't it? At NPR at least..  bushmeister0   Apr-20-08 07:25 PM   #60 
  - I heard that Brother Boomerang of Forgiveness  GoneOffShore   Apr-20-08 03:37 PM   #17 
  - Good.. he can change the cat litter for me :) n/t  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 03:38 PM   #20 
  - It's only on 2 channels here in MA...  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 03:41 PM   #21 
  - i'm poped  spanone   Apr-20-08 04:08 PM   #27 
  - If you bothered to look at his schedule you would know that he leaves today.  Zynx   Apr-20-08 04:14 PM   #29 
  - I'm Just Here To.....  Ikonoklast   Apr-20-08 04:16 PM   #31 
  - I started the week as an agnostic. Now I think I've  Texas Explorer   Apr-20-08 04:17 PM   #32 
  - Dominos vo cum spiritu tuo  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 04:21 PM   #36 
     - My father can beat your father at DO-MIN-OS  Canuckistanian   Apr-20-08 06:26 PM   #54 
  - He's just a man and everyone is acting like he's god or something.  Fox Mulder   Apr-20-08 04:33 PM   #40 
  - Because he's not just a religious leader, he's a Head of State.  DesertRat   Apr-20-08 06:14 PM   #51 
  - Pope-a-thon rulez!  Xap   Apr-20-08 05:35 PM   #48 
  - You think you're tired of it now -- wait 'til he dies and they do the big Vatican funeral.  scarletwoman   Apr-20-08 06:14 PM   #52 
  - We should rename CNN the Catholic News Network  Generic Brad   Apr-20-08 07:01 PM   #57 
  - Why?" They pander to the RW Evangelicals a lot more! n/t  Breeze54   Apr-20-08 07:05 PM   #58 
  - DICK CHENEY IS INTRODUCING HIM?????  tishaLA   Apr-20-08 07:10 PM   #59 
  - Don't you think the Pope would know if the Antichrist was standing next to him  NotGonnaTakeIt   Apr-20-08 07:55 PM   #70 
  - You have to leave some money in the tray first.  bushmeister0   Apr-20-08 07:26 PM   #61 
  - Worse right now: watching Cheney make long adoring speeches  JerseygirlCT   Apr-20-08 07:27 PM   #62 
  - Do Darth wears black and the storm troopers wear white, but they're still evil, right?  bushmeister0   Apr-20-08 07:29 PM   #64 
     - Can't say I'm a fan of either  JerseygirlCT   Apr-20-08 07:48 PM   #69 
  - I guess they're going to stay with him until the plane takes off. .. . n/t  annabanana   Apr-20-08 07:32 PM   #65 
     - Can't he just fly without a plane? He is God's CEO on earth or something, isn't he  bushmeister0   Apr-20-08 07:36 PM   #66 
        - exactly. what good is being pope if you can't get celestial teleportation  SoCalDem   Apr-20-08 07:40 PM   #67 

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