Catholics are leaving the Democratic Party

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It seems that every day, we are inundated by bad news, including posts published on FOTM.
It gets depressing.
But never fear! I bring you a piece of good news for a refreshing change!
Though U.S. Catholics are not a monolithic voting bloc, their votes are very important because in election after election, Catholics consistently voted the way that the majority in the election voted. In other words, the Catholic vote is a swing vote.
But the term “Catholic Democrats” should be and is an oxymoron. Despite church teachings on the sanctity of (heterosexual) marriage and on abortion being an un-negotiable “intrinsic evil,” too many American Catholics are and vote Democrat. Even worse, they remained Democrats despite their party openly and publicly denying God three times at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
But that is beginning to change. Catholics, especially white Catholics, are leaving the Democratic Party.
Armor of God I can do all things through Christ
From California Catholic Daily, March 19, 2015:
It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters.
There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news.
While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants (a designation that includes both mainline and evangelical Protestants).
These are ominous signs for the Democrats, evincing a new and growing allegiance with the Republican Party that has long-term implications.
So why are white Catholics abandoning the Democratic Party? There are some long-term trends at play. Steve Krueger, head of the group Catholic Democrats, notes that conservative bishops have been beating the war drums since the George W. Bush administration, even going so far in some cases as to argue that “good” Catholics can’t vote for Democrats because of their support for abortion rights and, more recently, same-sex marriage — which has resulted in an increased politicization of the church.
Stephen Schneck of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies has noted that there’s been a certain “distillation” of the Catholic vote as a record number of presumably more liberal-leaning Catholics — some one-third of those raised Catholic — have left the faith altogether. “More and more of those who remain are those who actively choose to embrace the church and its teachings,” he wrote.
But neither of these trends explains why white Catholics have abandoned the Democratic Party so suddenly and so dramatically. After all, in 2008 Barack Obama managed to keep his margin of loss of white Catholic voters to John McCain to just 5 points. But four years later, he lost the white Catholic vote to Mitt Romney by a stunning 19 points.
Krueger points to the Catholic bishop’s demonization in 2011 of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, and their subsequent ginning up of the war on “religious liberty” — which was joined by elements of the religious right and fused with its war on Obamacare — as another factor helping to drive Catholics toward the GOP. And the numbers bear Krueger out. According to Pew, between 2009 and 2014, the number of white Catholics who said the Obama administration — and by inference the Democratic Party — was “unfriendly to religion” more than doubled from 17 percent to 36 percent. 
“The shift in the Catholic vote should really be a wakeup call to the Democrats,” says Krueger. “White Catholics are 18 percent of the electorate and Catholics vote 1 to 2 percentage points above their representation in the overall population. This is a significant voting bloc that now perceives Republicans as being more welcoming to people of faith.”

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0 responses to “Catholics are leaving the Democratic Party

  1. Waking up too late folks-Democrats have already destroyed the country

  2. This is great news!! How these people ever became so lost as to think they could be a Catholic and vote for the the horrible things that being a democrat entails is still beyond me. But hopefully they have learned a hard lesson through the dictatorship and the explosion of evil under Obama.

  3. It seems to me that ever since Vatican II, the Catholic bloc or blocs are highly malleable to social trends, especially given the fact that over 90% of Catholics practice contraception. With contraception, right there, it shows that convenience and not moral truth is first and foremost on their personal agenda.
    And something else must be noted: Although Catholics may be leaving the Democratic Party, I think that is due to the bloc’s malleability and not moral truth: Many Catholics held to the position “Well, my grandparents voted Democrat and my parents voted Democrat” for over 60 years. With the post-Vatican II Millenial generation, this boa constrictor-grip is finally beginning to break. Again, the quest for moral truth has nothing to do with it, for this reason: The Republicans as a Party—at least since Bush 41—have been just as evil, just as wicked as the Democrats. They merely present a more corporate and less tribal window-dressing, as it were.
    Politics is money and influence. To paraphrase Washington, it is not eloquence but force. What we’ve witnessed over the past two decades or more merely shows that Catholics, as a group or a bloc, are merely reacting to the movers and shakers at the top. They are not making things happen. (And in my humble opinion, the moral ambiguity of Vatican II is designed to keep them in that exact spot, sociologically. Bergoglio will merely facilitate the downward slide on the slippery slope, on the one hand, while the Republican Party continues on its Bushian devolution, on the other.)

  4. If…they were good Catholics in the first place, why would they ever vote for the party of Roe vs. Wade?

  5. This is truly great news! Thank you, Dr Eowyn for bringing it to us. If only today’s Democrats were like those in JFK’s time.

  6. Catholics are 27% of voters. Catholic Dems in Congress are all abortionists. Rep are all pro-life. Obama in 2008 won 55% to 45% over McCain. In 2012 Obama won 50%-48% over Romney. Catholics who no longer attend church tend to be Dems. Church goers tend to be Republican.

  7. Catholics have the highest incomes. Jews second, Blacks next, then protestants, last are Hispanics. Only 50% of evangelicals vote while 95% of Catholics & Jews vote

  8. Interesting-what’s your source for this information?

    • truck,
      If your question is directed at me, the source is California Catholic Daily, as I’d indicated in my post.

      • No,it wasn’t,but I’ve learned that you rarely,if EVER,post anything without either including your source or having it readily available. I commend you for that. (I tend to remember the gist of something I’ve read,but not the details,and I usually can’t remember where I saw it,so I don’t often post facts-n-figures. LOL)

        • Thank you, truck, for the commendation! 🙂
          Suggestion: Hit the “reply to” button when you mean to respond to a particular commenter. Otherwise, I assume your comment is meant to the author of the post.

  9. Martin Sheen’s going to go Mel Gibson on the Democrats sooner or later… they’ve been pretending he doesn’t exist since ’09 because of that.

  10. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post, giving hope to us devout Catholics that they are finally realizing the evil propounded by the king and his administration. We must never lose hope.

  11. White Catholics voted for Trump 60% to 37%.

  12. Hillary said she hated Catholics which was spread thru Catholic media radio, print, TV and said she will force Catholics to obey her. Queen Hildebeast collapsed on her way into her car. She has brain valve damage according to Ed Klein books on Hillary.

  13. Our King David Rockefeller has died because Trump refused to obey him. Our Queen Hillary has died due to her big mouth and dumb treasonous decisions.


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