Biden’s struggles with Catholic voters, bishops hold back Democrats
President Biden is not feeling the love of his fellow Catholics ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Not only do Catholic voters disapprove of the president’s job performance, they support 11 of 12 Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates in six key states, according to a poll by Trafalgar Group for EWTN/RealClear Opinion Research.
“The president’s political woes among Catholics aren’t helping Democrats’ standing in the six battleground states on both the gubernatorial and Senate election fronts,” the poll’s analysis said. “In the races that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate, the survey found that Republican Senate candidates were all in the lead heading into the midterms.”
The poll released Wednesday found that Mr. Biden’s average disapproval rating across the six states was 62.2% and approval rating was 35.4%, driven by dissatisfaction with the government. economy, inflation and rising interest rates.
“It’s also clear that measures to protect the unborn child are very popular among likely Catholic voters, especially compared to those who say abortion should be legal during all nine months of pregnancy,” he said. Matthew Bunson, editor of EWTN News.
Mr. Biden, the nation’s only second Catholic president, tied the Catholic vote with President Trump in the 2020 election. But the poll indicates Democrats shouldn’t expect the president to offer much leverage. ponytail with his faithful colleagues.
Indeed, Mr. Biden may be doing more harm than helping his party with the Catholic faithful. His staunchly pro-choice stance earned him a reprimand this week from the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the committee, released a statement after the president promised last week to codify the Roe v. Wade’s 1973 legalizing abortion if Democrats retain control of Congress.
“The President is gravely wrong to continue to pursue every possible avenue to facilitate abortion, instead of using his power to increase support and care for mothers in difficult situations,” Bishop Lori said in a statement. “This willful extremism must end, and we implore President Biden to recognize the humanity of unborn children and the true, life-saving care women need in this country.”
A few days earlier, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had revived the question of whether Mr. Biden should receive communion in a speech at the Eucharistic symposium for the Archdiocese of Arlington.
“When you freely break communion with the Church of Jesus Christ and its teachings, you cannot claim to be in communion when it suits you,” Bishop Chaput said, as reported by the Catholic News Agency. “It’s a form of lying. Mr. Biden is not in communion with the Catholic faith. And any priest who now gives Communion to the President participates in his hypocrisy.
The problem with the argument that Catholics can support Joe Biden because “abortion isn’t the only problem” is that Joe Biden continues to make abortion the only problem. pic.twitter.com/XnFsin6ZwR
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Mr Biden is not on the November 8 ballot, but other Catholic Democrats are also being called for their positions on burning social issues.
Conservative group CatholicVote on Thursday launched a $2 million ad campaign that aims to reach nearly a million Catholic voters in droves in seven key states: Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
“This comes as the popularity of the country’s second Catholic president is declining among Catholics,” CatholicVote said in a news release.
The centerpiece of the campaign is an ad targeting three Senate candidates – Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio – on their positions on gender transition procedures. and abortions for minors without parental consent. All three are Catholic.
“Can you vote for Cortez Masto knowing she wants you out of the biggest decisions in your child’s life?” asks the Nevada ad, titled “Can You Trust Them?”
CatholicVote President Brian Burch said Democrats “call themselves Catholic but support policies contrary to the wishes of parents, good medicine and the teaching of their own church.”
The EWTN/Real Clear Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 14-18 found likely Catholic voters lining up behind Republican candidates in top races in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In Arizona, 51.4% of voters polled backed Republican Blake Masters for the Senate over Mr. Kelly, who got 46.3%. In the race for governor, 52.5% supported Republican Kari Lake against 46.9% for Democrat Katie Hobbs.
In Florida, 61.4% favored Republican Governor Ron DeSantis while 34.5% expressed support for Democrat Charlie Crist. Republican Senator Marco Rubio had 59.1% support compared to 36.9% for Democratic Representative Val Demings.
In Georgia, 64.7% favored Republican Herschel Walker and 32.7% backed Democratic Sen. Raphael G. Warnock. Even more, 67.1%, backed Republican Gov. Brian Kemp compared to Democrat Stacey Abrams, who got 31.1%.
In Nevada, 55.6% backed Republican Joe Lombardo and 34.2% backed Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. The Senate race had 56.7% support for Republican Adam Laxalt against 36.4% support for Ms. Cortez Masto.
In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine got 61.3% support while 34.4% favored Democrat Nan Whaley. The Senate race saw Republican nominee JD Vance with 55.5% support to Mr Ryan’s 41%.
The only Democrat leading the poll among Catholic voters was Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, who won 50.8% support to Republican Doug Mastriano’s 44.5%.
On the Senate side, 50.7% of Catholic voters backed Republican Mehmet Oz while 45.2% backed Democrat John Fetterman.
In every state, strong majorities of Catholic voters supported limiting abortion in most cases to 15 weeks’ gestation.
The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4.4% in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Ohio, and a margin of error of +/- 4.1% in Georgia and Pennsylvania.