American Values Survey Shows Vast Split Among Catholic Voters Political Preferences

A new national survey of likely voters shows a sharp contrast among Catholics.
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  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) October 27, 2012 - When it comes to choosing between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a new national survey shows a distinct split among Catholics. This is particularly relevant because Catholics are among the largest religious group in the United states and one with profound influence in swing states like Ohio and Florida.

    According to the Huffington Post, "The American Values Survey, released Monday by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute, found that overall, likely Catholic voters are divided between the two candidates -- with 49 percent favoring Obama and 47 percent favoring Romney -- but differ greatly when broken down by race and religiosity."

    In the survey, 70% of Hispanic Catholics favored Obama while 54% of white Catholics preferred Romney. Catholic voters who attend mass at least once a week supported Romney, while those who attend mass once a month or less supported Obama.

    For the past 40 years, the winner of the popular vote in presidential races has also won the majority of Catholic votes. However, the recent study shows that the religious group is largely spit in its political preferences.

    Meghan Tar, a student at the University of Miami in Florida studying religious studies, exemplifies this point.

    "Though I am a believer in the Catholic Church, I will vote for Obama because I believe his policies align more accurately with Catholic values. It's true that Romney disagrees with issues like abortion, which the Catholic Church feels very strongly against, but Romney also plans to implement policies that do not take into consideration the importance of helping those in need nor address the most important commandment in the Catholic religion: love thy neighbor."

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