May 14th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll shows majority back Notre Dame's Obama invite

A new Quinnipiac University poll surveys Catholic voters.
A new Quinnipiac University poll surveys Catholic voters.

(CNN) – An overwhelming majority of Catholic voters say the University of Notre Dame should not revoke its invitation for President Obama to speak at the school's commencement ceremonies this weekend.

In a new survey released by Quinnipiac University, 60 percent of Catholic voters are against rescinding the invitation while 34 percent are for it. Among voters as a whole, 56 percent don't think the Catholic school should take back the invite while 31 percent do.

Some Notre Dame Students and alumni have expressed outrage the Catholic school invited Obama to be the commence speaker because of the president's views on abortion and stem cell research.

About 65,000 people have also signed an online petition protesting the address, saying his views "directly contradict" Catholic teachings.

The poll also surveyed Catholic voters' views on abortion compared to the population as a whole. Among the findings, according to Quinipiac:

-15 percent of all voters, including 13 percent of Catholics and 10 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in all cases

-37 percent of all voters, including 37 percent of Catholics and 19 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in most cases

-27 percent of all voters, including 28 percent of Catholics and 40 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in most cases

-14 percent of all voters, including 16 percent of Catholics and 26 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in all cases

According to an analysis from by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama in 2008, roughly the same percentage as those who voted for President Bush in 2004.

The poll surveyed 2,041 registered voters between April 21-27 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. donttreadonme

    This is not just about being pro-choice. Obama voted against the ban on partial birth abortions and against legislation protecting born-alive failed abortions. His first few weeks in office he rushed to remove the restrictions on tax payer money being used to fund abortions overseas. I’m not sure how he rationalizes that it is ok to use tax payer money for this purpose?
    He asked for this controversy in my opinion.

    By the way water boarding while bad doesn’t kill but abortion does!

    May 14, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. def

    A clear case of the tyranny of the minority.

    ..

    May 14, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. There is no race card

    Someone wanting to discuss race does not make it a race card. This is one of the poor legacies of the OJ trial...that terrible word. If there is a race card, then Whites have been playing it for thousands of years. Why do Catholics/Notre Dame allow pro-death penalty speakers and not pro choice ones?

    May 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. HSNP

    The Catholic church is totally irrelevant these days anyway, to who cares?

    May 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. San Diegan

    Isn't something on fire somewhere? The amount of time CNN dedicated to this non-issue during prime morning time was absurd. It's a line item at best.

    May 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Catholic Church has killed more human beings in the name of God than any other organization since the dawn of time. But never the delicious little boys....

    May 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. ANGIE IN PA

    Let Me get this Right the People who are against Abortion support the Bombing And Killing of Innocent Babies, Children, and Pregnant Woman THAT ARE LIVING In wars I dont see the Rationle in this!

    May 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Robin

    Sniffit May 14th, 2009 11:36 am ET

    Indeed. And while we're all here on the mortal, physical plane, separating church from state is what allows us to strive to live in peace. Let God sort 'em out later.
    -------------------------------–

    Yes, let God sort' em out. My soul will be ready, will yours? (By the way, I'm not Catholic).

    PSALM 139, all the way!

    May 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Robin

    Don't have an abortion if you don't want one or it is against your God.

    The God I taught my Sunday School classes is full of forgiveness, understanding, and compassion, not vengence, hate, and anger.

    May 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. donttreadonme

    I find it very interesting that when Obama had pastor Rick Warren at his Inauguration the left cried “foul and separation of Church and State” but it is ok for the President to participate in a public religious ceremony? You can’t have it both ways liberals.

    I think it is just fine for Obama to speak there and it is also ok to protest it if you so believe.

    May 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Joe

    If you decide to kill a baby it should be your choice. But the law should not discriminate. The same punishment should be given to all murderers. Everyone always preaches for equality, but what about the equality for the babies of the country? I guess they don't matter to some people. Makes me sick. Knowing that God is the ultimate law brings me a little comfort.

    May 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    @ ANGIE IN PA, who said "Let Me get this Right the People who are against Abortion support the Bombing And Killing of Innocent Babies, Children, and Pregnant Woman THAT ARE LIVING In wars I dont see the Rationle in this!"

    Check out whether the victims are Catholic or not and you might be off to a good start.

    May 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Don Peters

    Why would Obama stoop so low and speak at the University of the Church (Cult) of the Child Molesters? They condoned and ignored thousands of documented cases for many decades!
    Obama should decline the invitation.
    Was Bush Pro-war stance OK with Notre Shame?

    May 14, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    @ Robin, who said "Yes, let God sort' em out. My soul will be ready, will yours? "

    Who said I believe I have one?

    May 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    GOP say they want small gov yet want to tell you what to do with your bodies and whom you should and should not marry. They 'say' they are pro life yet love war, hunting and support the death penalty. They say they are fiscally conservative yet will bail out a bank in a minute and fund an illegal war yet oppose efforts to rebuild this country. Hypocrites!

    May 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. ron

    I think it is the President that should be concerned with the catholic church. After all aren't these the same people covered the child sex scandals for years. By going to a catholic school doesn't Obama justify these twisted people. That it where is my picket, I'm going to protest.

    May 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. obama/mama

    I hear you Lawanda....It is all about color. They can all go to he double hockey sticks.....

    May 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    Well, isn't that nice. What CNN forgets is that a majority of people polled in the United States have no stake in Notre Dame. Those who do are the only ones that matter and they don't want any part of Obama.

    May 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "By the way water boarding while bad doesn’t kill but abortion does!"

    That's gotta win some prize for rationalization. Someone at CNN please call the Ameican Psychiatric Association and find out whether they have a fitting award for it.

    May 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    More people have been killed in the "name of God", or whichever religion people believe in than anything else.

    May 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. PK California

    Why not? He agreed to speak in front of thousands who don't share his political and moral beliefs. Can they not do the same and keep an open mind?

    May 14, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Nick

    Obama spoke at Georgetown about month ago, no issues whatsoever.

    May 14, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. truth is liberal sort of

    shame on a once proud unniversity...Catholics are starting a downward spiral to secularism and i as a catholic will do nothing to stop them.

    May 14, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. than you mr. pres

    Notre Dame... who cares if he speaks or not... it is your honor to have him

    you think way too much of yourself

    May 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. WhoCares?

    Obama will fake ND look as foolish as he did with ASU.

    May 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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