Polls: Catholics support Obama on birth control debate

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2012 - 11:35 AM

Catholic bishops are crying foul, but Catholic faithful support the president's decision.

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presscottFeb. 7, 12 8:26 PM

No surprise there because the majority of Catholics and a whole lot more than 53% of them, practice birth control. Of course, They want it to remain an easily available option. And just because Catholic INSURERS don't approve of birth control does not mean they have the right to deny it to their employees. Why should they be allowed to force their employees to go without that coverage?

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crystalbayFeb. 7, 12 9:17 PM

A report on CNN tonight stated that 98% of Catholics use or have used birth control. To hear the bishops squeal, one would think the government's forcing the pill to be dispensed along with communion wafers.

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somewisdomFeb. 7, 12 9:43 PM

I would like to see the statistic as to how many of those "Catholics" actually attend mass every week and actually believe and follow the Catholic Church's teachings. There are so many people who claim to be "Catholic" who do not know what the Church teaches, do not care what it teaches, or who disregard entirely what the Church teaches. The Catholic faith is not a pick and chose kind of ordeal. You are either Catholic, meaning you believe the teachings of the Church, or you're not. There is no room for middle ground. Popes throughout the ages have confirmed this fact. Anyone who willfully holds to something other than Catholic teaching has thereby separated himself from the Church. Hence, those people in these polls who are allegedly "Catholic" are most certainly NOT! I suggest taking a more legitimate poll and post the results of those who are actually faithful Catholics, meaning they believe and follow the Church's teachings rather than polling people who were maybe baptized as babies and no longer practice any religion or who may claim to be Catholic but will also tell you they do not believe the teachings of the Church and maybe attend mass as just a thing to do at maybe Christmas and Easter. Just a thought for a more accurate representation of Catholic opinion by polling people who are fully Catholic.

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milkman53Feb. 7, 12 9:45 PM

You know what's sad about this? People confuse Catholicism with Christianity and it gives Christianity a bad name.

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goferfanzFeb. 7, 12 9:51 PM

Hmmm. Are these the same pollsters Pelosi used to predict Dems would keep control of the House on 11/2/10? Well, there should be nothing to fear on election day for mighty Owebama. Somehow, from someone who attends Catholic Church weekly, I am sensing the pollsters may not be getting this one right, especially when the EJ Dionne's of the world are not happy.

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goferfanzFeb. 7, 1210:05 PM

Dont worry somewisdom-->the real poll occurs in November. The 2010 shellacking is the last real snapshot of Americans "luv" of the White House. Wasnt pretty was it, at either the federal or state level? Libs only got polls at this point, let them have this little tidbit of hope..........war, 3.50 gas, no jobs, 5 trillion new debt, droning, Gitmo---it's too easy.

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stlaneFeb. 7, 1210:22 PM

Shucks, Pelosi says she is Catholic and supports abortion. The Democratic Party is full of Catholics and their platform supports abortion. So, why should anyone be surprised. Now having said this if you are an orange you can say you are an apple but to other apples you look and act like an orange and even to other oranges you do not look like an apple but an orange. Get it.

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pumiceFeb. 7, 1210:42 PM

Re: "Just a thought for a more accurate representation of Catholic opinion by polling people who are fully Catholic." Whoa, somewisdom... A Catholic's not a real Catholic unless s/he agrees that everyone of any faith or of no faith must buy into Catholic doctrine body (literally), mind and spirit???

What do you think of the current crop of Conservatives chasing the nomination... any of them accurately represent Conservatism?

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mike06597Feb. 7, 1210:55 PM

ObamaCare better be the last bill "we have to pass to find out what is in the law"(N. Pelosi). Wake up America our freedoms are being taken away. Now the gov't can impose it's will on a religion? When your freedoms are trashed, perhaps you will cry out too late.

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talktalkFeb. 7, 1211:12 PM

"Whoa, somewisdom"

Why confuse the issue by bringing "everyone" into the debate, pumice? somewisdom referred to Catholics who are fully Catholic.

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