2008 Just for unPC
posted by February 12 at 20:52 PMon
In the comments, unPC referred to, but didn’t link, this NYT story about the Catholic vote going to Clinton by impressive margins. It’s an interesting piece, especially from my perspective—I went to an all-girls Catholic high school headed by a woman principal (who was also my AP calculus and physics teacher), and I concur that, at least in my limited experience, there’s a simpatico for female leadership among the Catholic laity, despite that whole no-women-priests thing. (And the fact that my Catholic mom is a precinct delegate for Obama.) But it seems equally likely that a larger share of Hispanic and low-income voters would identify as Catholic.
But given that HRC has been winning the Catholic vote, how did things turn out today?
Catholic (weekly church attendance) 7%: Clinton 41%, Obama 55%
Catholic (< weekly attendance) 10%: Clinton 49%, Obama 50%
Catholic (weekly church attendance) 9%: Clinton 49%, Obama 38%
Catholic (< weekly attendance) 12%: Clinton 47%, Obama 50%
Looks like Catholic voters are still an Obama weakness, but there’s some movement in his direction. Seems to me like he could pick up a few more—especially among voters who care about just war theory, the death penalty, and asking for forgiveness when you’ve made a terrible mistake. But I was raised by hippie Catholics, so what do I know.