CATHOLIC REPUBLICANS & ISSUES IN THE 2004 ELECTIONS
In June 2004, Catholics for a Free Choice commissioned a survey of Catholic voters from Belden Russonello & Stewart. The survey included 2,239 Catholics who are likely voters, including an oversample of Hispanic Catholics (366 total Hispanics). Detailed below are findings on where Republican Catholics stand on social issues and the 2004 Election.
Republican Catholics are evenly male and female, and half are between the ages of 30-49. Ninety-two percent were born in the United States, 83% are white and 14% are Hispanic/Latino. Sixty-eight percent are married. They are spread out geographically, with a quarter residing in the Midwest, slightly more in both the Northeast and the South, and 21% in the West. Fifty-eight percent earn at least $50,000 annually, compared to 51% of all Catholics; 40% of Republican Catholics have a 4-year college or advanced degree, compared to 37% of all Catholics.
A third of Republican Catholics are politically active; 33% have volunteered for, donated to, or contacted a political official or candidate. More than half (57%) favor giving economic assistance to other countries.
Forty-three percent of Republican Catholics attend Mass at least once
a week, which is slightly higher than the rate for all Catholics (39%);
36% of Republican Catholics report going to church a few times a year
and 8% never go to church. Among all Catholics, 36% attend Mass a few
times a year and 11% never go to church.
Republican Catholics and Abortion
Do you generally think of yourself as prolife or prochoice on abortion?
Republican Catholics and Stem Cell Research
Do you support or oppose allowing scientists to use stem cells
obtained from very early human embryos to find cures for diseases
such as Alzheimer’s,
diabetes, and Parkinson’s?
Republican Catholics and Tax Cuts
Do you support or oppose canceling some of the federal tax cuts and
using the money to protect Social Security and improve Medicare? To
improve public education?
If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for the
Republican President George W. Bush, the Democrat John Kerry, or are
Do you believe voters who are Catholic have a religious obligation
to vote against candidates who support legal abortion? Do you believe
politicians who are Catholic have a religious obligation to vote on
issues the way Catholic bishops recommend?
Do you approve or disapprove of Catholic bishops denying communion
to Catholics who support abortion? To politicians who are Catholic and
support legal abortion?
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