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TCA Releases Poll of 2600 Likely Catholic Voters: Majority of Catholics Say Obama Policies Go Too Far, Restrict Religious Freedom

  • 78%: “Our rights come from nature and God, not Government”
  • 72%: “America’s exploding federal debt hurts the poor the most”
  • 57%: “Obama administration has gone too far in placing restrictions on religious freedom when implementing their programs and policies”

September 10, 2012, Washington, DC: The Catholic Association today released a poll of 2,629 Catholic likely voters on election related issues that could prove pivotal in the 2012 election cycle.

“The survey takes a unique look at the perspective of likely Catholic voters on the economy, the role of government, and religious liberties issues that were front and center in both the Democratic and Republican conventions. What is most interesting is the survey’s finding of large Catholic majority support when it comes to God’s role in American culture and the impact of a now $16 trillion debt on the poor. Contrasting with this strong Catholic support isthe Democratic Party's embarrassment over their original ‘God-less’ platform, and the exploding national debt under the Obama administration,” said Maureen Ferguson, Senior Policy Advisor at The Catholic Association.

“Tracking with our previous survey, this poll also shows a large majority of Catholics believe the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate goes too far and infringes on religious freedom. It is also telling from this survey that Catholics see God, not government, as the centerpiece of American culture. This finding correlates with the overwhelming majority of Catholics in this poll who see the exploding federal debt as a moral issue and having a negative impact on the poor and the common good,” said Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow at The Catholic Association.

"Most of these numbers are even more dramatic among regular Mass-attending Catholics," McGuire added.

 

Key TCA survey findings:

78% say: “Our rights come from nature and God, not government.”

72% say: “America’s exploding federal debt hurts the poor the most.”

66% say: “Religious charitable institutions should not be forced by the government to provide or pay for goods and services they morally object to.”

66% say: “Catholics can disagree about the best way to serve the poor-for example, favoring private charity over government programs – without being 'bad' Catholics.”

57% say: “The Obama Administration has gone too far in placing restrictions on religious freedom when implementing their programs and policies.”

Among regular Mass-attending Catholics:

86% say: “Our rights come from nature and God, not government.”

71% say: “America’s exploding federal debt hurts the poor the most.”

72% say: “Religious charitable institutions should not be forced by the government to provide or pay for goods and services they morally object to.”

71% say: “Catholics can disagree about the best way to serve the poor-for example, favoring private charity over government programs – without being 'bad' Catholics.”

67% say: “The Obama Administration has gone too far in placing restrictions on religious freedom when implementing their programs and policies.”

 

TCA commissioned Magellan Strategies for the poll. Results are from an autodial poll of 2,629 Catholics that are likely to vote in the November election. The poll was taken from August 19-21 and has a margin of error of +/-1.91%. Survey demographics: 54%-46% Female to Male, 48% Democrat, 33% Republican and 19% Independent.

The Catholic Association (TCA) is dedicated to being a faithful Catholic voice in the public square and the public arena. TCA is responding to the call of the Catholic Church for members of the lay faithful to apply Catholic teaching, wisdom, and principles to the issues of the day.