CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS & 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 Democratic Catholics stand on social issues and the 2004 Election.
Who are Democratic Catholics?
Democratic Catholics are more likely to be female (56%), and either between the ages of 40-49 (24%) or over 60 (26%). Ninety-two percent report being born in the United States; 72% are white, 20% are Hispanic/Latino, and 5% are Black/African American. Sixty percent are married. Democratic Catholics are equally distributed geographically in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. Fifty-one percent of Democratic Catholics earn less than $50,000 annually, with 22% making less than $30,000. Forty-nine percent of Catholics in general earn less than $50,000. About a third (36%) of Democratic Catholics has a 4-year college or advanced degree, which is about the same as all Catholics (37%), while 39% have a high school education or less, compared to 28% of all Catholics.
A third of Democratic Catholics are politically active; 36% have volunteered for, donated to, or contacted a political official or candidate. More than half (52%) favor giving economic assistance to other countries.
Thirty-six percent of Democratic Catholics attend Mass at least once
a week, compared to 39% of all Catholics; 52% report going to church
a few times a year and 12% never go to church. Among all Catholics,
36% attend Mass a few times a year and 11% never go to church.
Democratic Catholics and Abortion
Do you generally think of yourself as prolife or prochoice on abortion?
Do you agree or disagree that it should be legal for a woman to have
Democratic 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?
Democratic 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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