Poll: Obama leads in NY, Catholic voters split
May 31st, 2012
10:38 AM ET
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Poll: Obama leads in NY, Catholic voters split

(CNN) - It's no surprise but a new poll shows President Barack Obama with a strong lead in the solidly blue state of New York.

Fifty-six percent of voters in the state said they would pick Obama, while 31% said they would support Mitt Romney, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

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Obama carried New York by a landslide in the 2008 election against Republican Sen. John McCain, winning the state with 63% of the vote. The president frequently travels to New York City for fundraising events.

Interestingly, the new poll indicates the Catholic vote in the state is split, 44% to 44%, between Romney and Obama. The numbers come months after an uproar ignited over an Obama administration policy that would require religiously-affiliated institutions to include contraception coverage in healthcare plans, a rule that angered several groups within the Catholic Church, as it opposes birth control.

Following the outcry, the administration amended the policy to mandate insurance companies, not the institutions, offer contraception free of charge to women employed by said organizations.

A number of lawsuits followed in the wake of the controversy, and Thursday's poll shows Catholic voters are divided on the claims. While a majority, 55%-38%, disapprove of lawsuits by Catholic institutions challenging the Obama administration, a majority support lawsuits led by the Catholic church, 51%-45%.

"How times have changed. Once upon a time, Democrats and Catholics were one and the same. Now Democratic voters think the Catholic Church is too involved in New York politics," said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The president, however, leads Romney among Protestants, 55%-31%, and among Jews, 72%-24%, according to the survey.

Another Quinnipiac poll this week also showed strong support for the Empire State's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, who's rumored to be a potential 2016 presidential contender, and high marks for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who's running to keep her seat this year.

For Thursday's survey, Quinnipiac interviewed 1,504 New York State voters by phone between May 22 and May 28. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    The Catholic Church needs to grow up. And that goes for all religous institututions. I don't want your theology governing how I live. New York, my hometown, is multi-cultural and extremely diverse. So just because Catholics are split, that doesn't mean Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Mormons, Scientoligists & Atheists are.

    May 31, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Really?

    No surprise at all. The same people who support Obama also have no problem with government control. That's why it's a blue state; Republicans are leaving for greener pastures. The Democrats have ruined this state by turning it into a welfare state now there's not enough tax money to support the loafers. Obama's dream come true. He knows how to achieve his Marxist agenda.

    May 31, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Bill

    Gee, NY is still a "Blue" state. Really newsworthy. In a related matter, the Sun continues to rise in the east.

    May 31, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    New York is one the most highly eductated states, one of the highest average incomes, and one with the a whole lot of folks with practical common sense.

    May 31, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Just a couple days ago, we learned Obama was ahead in California. Today we're told he leads in New York. Where would we all be without CNN to bring us this totally shocking turn of events? Why, the next thing you know, we'll be told Obama leads in Vermont.

    May 31, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. dnick47

    Those who suppoert Romney, Really?, have no problem being controlled by the elders of the Mormon Church. Your Mitty is bound as a Mormon and as one of its bishops to run every major decision by the elder for approval or disapproval. So while we are being attacked, Mitt would have to get an OK from the elders before we could counter it – that scares the h..l out of me. O, Mitt will not address the issue. He skirts it.

    May 31, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    as usual polls this early mean little and even as an Obama supporter I won't get too excited about this one either. The only polls that count are the ones where the levers are pulled in November

    May 31, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. leftisloony

    what a surprise.......NY, California, Illinois, all blue states modeled after obama's ideal for governing, all states spiraling into the crapper.......that's why a recent article showed TAXPAYERS fleeing the state of NY over the past 10 years, several million in fact......leaving, you guessed it, more and more people on the government dole.......so not a surprise at all that those idiots who remain in NY are solidly behind obama and will gladly follow the pied piper of economic doom right into oblivion.....have a nice day

    May 31, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "The president, however, leads Romney among Protestants, 55%-31%, and among Jews, 72%-24%, according to the survey. "

    Have no fear! Or, wait, have much fear!!! That is what the GOP will tell jewish voters. Congressman Porter will return from his meeting with Netanyahu with Netty's love letter to Mittens containing instructions to ramp up the Iran demagoguery and get the word out that all Muslims are out to getcha and hiding under your beds, have no doubt.

    May 31, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. OnetermBama

    What happened to all the "Hope and Change" that Obama promised back in 2008? Why doesn't Obama Campaign to run on his own records as President?
    Fool me once, shame on Obama. Fool me twice, shame on ..? Well, I will never be fooled by Obama again.

    May 31, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Larry L

    Republicans continue to try to convince people they are the truly "religious" Party. Really? Would Jesus support only the rich? Would Jesus vote against school lunch programs for poor kids? Was Jesus a big fan of war? Would Jesus trash Medicare, Social Security and yet give subsidies to oil companies making huge profits? Answers are pretty clear.

    Republican fat-cats use guns, abortion, religious bigotry, and divisive racial attacks because it doesn't cost them any dollars. Sitting on their big yachts spending their offshore bank account has nothing to do with social issues.

    May 31, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. insight iowa

    Really? – Really... did you just say "Supporters of Obama also have no problem with government control"!!

    The GOP right now are passing bills on Abortion and Women's rights. They are preventing Gay from being equal as our constitution states. Mayor Bloomberg (who was GOP until recently) are now telling NY you can only be served one 16 oz. of pop... Now, tell me WHO IS CONTROLLING... You people need to wake up.

    May 31, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. RealityBites

    Need a handout? Move to NY!

    May 31, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. insight iowa

    Really?
    No surprise at all. The same people who support Obama also have no problem with government control.

    Really? Really?... The House GOP right now are passing bills in regards to abortion, gay rights... which both are protected under the constitution of the United States. and the mayor of New York (republican gone wild) has passed a bill that you can only be served a 16 oz. glass of pop. Who is controlling you... A lot of people need to wake up and check out what is really going on day after day.

    May 31, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Myviewis

    @Rudy NYC

    New York is one the most highly eductated states, one of the highest average incomes, and one with the a whole lot of folks with practical common sense.
    -----------------------------
    Very true, perfect example that Democrats are rich, wealthy and those high incomes comes from working in Wall Street, investment firms, banks, definitely not from running a small business or working in the fish market.

    May 31, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Cathy

    Well of course Obama leads in poll taken by a group of very liberal folks. No surprise here folks.

    May 31, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. rs

    Really- Answer me this- Why do "Red" states take in more money from the federal government than they pay in, and why is the opposite true for "Blue" states?

    May 31, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. OBAMAROCKS

    Yaaaaaaaay!!!! Awesome news CNN! ...WE WILL DO IT AGAIN IN 2012!!! ~OBAMA/BIDEN~ :)

    May 31, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Need a handout? Move to NY!"

    Need a handout? BE A RED STATE!

    FIFY

    May 31, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Myviewis

    @insight iowa – If abortion is legal and gay marriages are legal in many states then why does Bloomberg feel he can illegalize, ban the sale of a 16oz sugary beverage? To fight obesity or to government control people? Or because he doesn't think people can limit themselves so he has to do it for them?

    May 31, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "@insight iowa – If abortion is legal and gay marriages are legal in many states then why does Bloomberg feel he can illegalize, ban the sale of a 16oz sugary beverage? To fight obesity or to government control people? Or because he doesn't think people can limit themselves so he has to do it for them?"

    It's no secret that Bloomberg, being a Wall Street wh-re and insurance industry symapthizer, is not overly fond of the ACA. He is no doubt making a concerted effort to manufacture Scalia's absurd broccoli argument.

    May 31, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    @ Rudy NYC

    you ever notice that demographically states and areas that have more educated people tend to vote Democrat? Even here in my state of Texas the reddest of the red states most of the urban metro areas tend to be Democrat. I wonder why that is?

    May 31, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. michael

    THe news that says DEad heat between Obama and ROmney is buried deep in CNN web site. If Obama was ahead there would be a BIG caption Obama leads Romney. CNN is so biased in their coverage that why their ratings are lowest in 20 years.

    May 31, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Mike in Texas

    Spot on once upon a horse. I live in Texas too. The most educated large city is Austin and it is the heaviest Democratic city in Texas.

    May 31, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. GI Joe

    If a person could have a logical conversation with a religious person, there would be no religions in the world.

    I forget who said it, but I believe it. Religion is all about controlling the masses and taking their money. Look at the lavish churches (especially the catholics of the world, and some of the mormon temples), then look down your main street at all the homeless. Something's wrong.

    May 31, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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