Weekly Religion News with voting preferences by religious groups, "Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21 Century" by William Donohue and more.
The Pew Research Center recently came out with a new survey that reveals which religious group is likely to vote for which 2012 presidential candidate: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
The poll was conducted between May 9 and June 3. A disclaimer to keep in mind is the study was largely completed before a weaker-than-expected federal jobs report was released on June 1 and recent declines in financial markets.
Overall, Romney still holds a large lead over Obama among white evangelical voters, according to Pew. But Obama leads Romney by large margins among black Protestants and religiously unaffiliated voters.
Respondents were told to answer the questions as if they had to vote today, or choose who they would lean more towards if they had to vote today.
Among Protestants as a whole, 43 percent would vote for Obama while 49 percent would vote for Romney, and 8 percent said “don’t know” or refused to answer –– 1,258 Protestants were surveyed.
Among white non-hispanic evangelical Protestants (507 were surveyed), Obama would win 19 percent and Romney would win 71 percent. Among black Protestants, however, (176 were surveyed) Obama would win 93 percent and Romney would win 2 percent.
Among Catholics as a whole, 48 percent would vote for Obama and 41 percent would vote for Romney, while 10 percent said “don’t know” or refused to answer –– 519 Catholics were surveyed.
However, among white non-Hispanic Catholics, Obama would win 41 percent while Romney would win 50 percent (417 were surveyed).
Among the religiously unaffiliated, Obama would win 66 percent and Romney would win 26 percent, while 8 percent said “don’t know” or refused to answer (364 were surveyed).
Among those who attend religious services on a weekly basis or more, Obama would win 40 percent of the vote while Romney would win 51 percent, with 10 percent saying “don’t know” or refusing to answer –– 1,069 were surveyed.
Among those who attend religious services less often than weekly, Obama would win 56 percent of the vote and Romney would win 36 percent, while 8 percent said “don’t know” or refused to answer –– 1,283 were surveyed.
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- June 12, 1458, in England, the College of St. Mary Magdalen was founded at Oxford University.
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-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
"Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21 Century" by William Donohue
Always willing to speak his mind and put up the good fight, Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, reminds readers of the great wealth of charity and wisdom that exists in the Catholic tradition. He explores the four Cardinal Virtues — prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance — and shows us how the Church’s best attributes can be applied to solve many of the biggest problems society must confront today and in the future.
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"Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper." -- Jim Elliot, American missionary martyr
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