Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?
February 1st, 2012
09:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?

(CNN) – After years of bridge building with the Catholic Church, the Obama administration may have damaged some of the good will it built up with the nation's 70 million Catholics, which could have steep consequences at the polls in November.

Some rank and file Catholics are beginning to express the same frustrations as clergy about a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requiring all employers, including religious ones, to pay for FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the birth control pill and Plan B, through health insurance plans.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. gt

    yes .. because of medical... no jobs... lower value homes...401 k... yes and every other religon too

    February 1, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Wvazoe

    He will not lose my Catholic vote.

    February 1, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Tom

    They just lost my vote.

    February 1, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Name

    This is actually interesting to consider. I'm all for employers paying for FDA approved contraceptives but as an employee of a non for profit organization with religious roots-I know that they highly disapprove of giving out contraceptives,let alone pay for them,despite respecting your free will to take them. considering the number of Catholics and their influence in our society, it will be interesting to see the outcome of this proposal

    February 1, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Ed 1

    And he should he is trying to have it both ways and it's not going to work.

    Obamacare isn't worth the 2,000 plus pages they used to writ up the bill and should be thrown out and hope it is.

    We can do much better where the Unions, our government, and states that were given a free bass should all be required to have it apply to them.

    To many backdoor deals and to much expense for what we would get.

    February 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. PTNY

    No, you have no manners, it's President Obama. And Newt is NO longer Mr.Speaker.
    If you cannot get manners correct and proper ediquette correct, then, you can never get the fact straigt. Didn't your mothes teach you proper manners and ediquette? Oh yes...I mean OH NO!!!!

    February 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's true about Catholic votes. They would make right deciding for not voting him.

    February 1, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. American Catholic

    This issue is way overblown. Lots of Catholics use birth control. They get it on their insurance policies. It just makes Catholid institutions that are not Churches, such as hospitals and universities give this as a benefit. you don't think all those co-eds at Notre Dame are abstinent do you? Of course not.

    February 1, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Sage Sophos

    Jeez people ! keep of controversial issues like contraceptives!! why do you keep on promoting sex CNN?

    February 1, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Vernon

    This could becoome the greatest battle in the History of our nation!

    February 1, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. The LONE OKIE

    I support the US government, I don't believe in being controlled by the Pope or any major religous group. This country was founded by people escaping religous persecution. The Catholic Church has been wrong on some things, slavery in the new world, persecution of Jews, the child sex abuse scandals, are examples.

    February 2, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. Desmond in Canada

    Catholics are not to be mistaken for their non-elected prelates who try to "'lord it over them".
    Those among them with integrity, intelligence and compassion will clearly see that Obama is the greatest President the USA has had in living memory.

    February 2, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. kat

    Help this country, When God is left out we are in real trouble.

    February 2, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. I'm Voting for Obama 2012!

    The provision under the Affordable Health Care Act offer waivers. I think the Catholics are not a one issue voters, they have many other things they like about Obama/Biden. The separation of church and states will give Pres.Obama cover.

    February 2, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  15. Name king

    Why not,they suppose to pay their fair share period.obama,s vote with the catholics are still intacts.

    February 2, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  16. Gotta Be Kiddin

    So what are all these good Catholics who are up in arms about birth control doing about all the priests molesting children? Sweep around your own front door before you try to clean up the President's porch!

    February 2, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    Some organizations and religious groups need to get out of the last century and accept that the world is "changing." I mean, a hundred years from now is all of this going to matter?????? I don't think so!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 2, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. diridi

    I don't care whether it is Catholic or protestant, if a guy or gal has any brain, will vote for this dude. He is smart, nation is in right direction. Bring troops from Afghan Mountains....please. We invested enough nonsense money there in dens, and mountains.....bless America.

    February 2, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |