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. westsider

    Believing an invitation should not be rescinded is a lot different than believing the invitation should not have been offered in the first place. Let's ask the right question.

    May 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Kris

    It's no wonder I am no longer a catholic, and haven't been for 35 years.

    May 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Ann

    The Majority are idiots

    May 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. mr g

    mississippi mike, get a freaking clue those that do not want thePresident of the U.S. to speak are the flipping minority

    May 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. rufus

    All depends on who you poll CNN!

    May 14, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Don't go!!!!!!! Remember what happen to MLK when to many was against him being there.

    May 14, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. PAR

    I'm Catholic. I did not vote for Obama. I am NOT against him SPEAKING at Notre Dame. However, to give him an honorary degree is absolutely over the line.

    May 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. phoenix86

    That says more about a lack of faith on the part of those who profess to be catholics than anything else. Obama is amoral and should not be speaking anywhere near anything remotely resembling christianity.

    May 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Juez

    34% OF CATHOLICS ARE INTOLERANT. WHAT A "GREAT CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TO HAVE. Why not outlaw the Catholic religion and all the saints they pray to? We do not need the Vatican and the Pope telling Americans what to do and believe! They have changed their policies and attitudes over the centuries; like priests marrying. Priests should marry so they will not abuse children.

    May 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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  11. yuri

    We feel that Universities should be above and beyond certain agenda includin' gay issues that need closer look by other relevant bodies. They may utterly refuse to do so, but the University officials would do well to lay off such issues as not invitin' BHO.

    May 14, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Franky

    Watch out guys, make sure you are baptized so you can see these results, LOL!!!

    May 14, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Matt

    And this is why the only good thing to come out of ND is their football team...it's not like they teach science there. Gardens, and virgins and snakes! Oh my! Religion is a farce.

    May 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Steve, Columbia SC

    Seems this poll indicates a majority of Catholics polled have "sold" their faith.

    May 14, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Ruty

    What is wrong with you people? Every case of abortion should be handled differently. You can't make one set of rules for every case. What about rape, incest or the severly deformed. Wake up americans and get some common sense. Abortion should not be used for birth control but there are exceptions.

    May 14, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Phoenix86:

    Care to share your proof, references, and research . . .

    May 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Robin

    @Ruty May 14th, 2009 12:43 pm ET
    ___________________________________________________

    96% of all abortions are done as a form of birth control.

    What ever happened to condems, the pill, and adoption?

    May 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. keith A. sillsbury

    Catholics, what a joke

    May 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Slash

    One wonders where this Catholic anger was during the lying, warmongering, and barbaric torture of the Bush administration.

    Perhaps they're hypocritical cowards who fail at making even half-hearted attempts at following their own religion?

    May 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    I, like most people, am opposed to abortion, and I have taught my children that. However, I am also opposed to big brother making personal decisions for people. So therefore, I am opposed to abortion, but also opposed to changing abortion laws. If you want to stop abortions, don't use the government as a method to do so; just teach your children to avoid situations that may lead to one.

    May 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Grandma

    All the people now have the freedom of think that means if you do not want to have it donot !!! but do not tel me what I have to do this is a country that does not tell you what to o make you to think and then make the action free at last. Thanks Obama to gave every body a chance of freedom

    May 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Pat F

    Not this Catholic. Obama can stay in Washington and "cling" to his own religion (Islam).

    May 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Do the 31% who say he shouldn't be at Notre Dame take the same position regarding high school All American football recruits
    who share with Obama similar policy views? I think not!

    May 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Ed from the western slope of Colorado

    I said good bye and good riddance to the catholic church 40 years ago and haven't looked back. I just wish they would keep their religion out of my politics, my bedroom, and the rest of my life. If ya wanta be a christian, then practice the tolerance, love and forgiveness that the Christ preached, not the holier than thou B.S. that we keep hearing.

    May 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Michelle, St. Louis, MO

    What a bunch of dumb people, seriously-speechless

    May 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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