Catholics strongly disapprove of Obama's job performance
In case you were wondering how Obama's latest mandate regarding insurance requirements for religious institutions is playing among a key constituency, wonder no longer:
Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration’s new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose. While the president’s overall job approval ratings have improved over the past couple of months, they have remained steady among Catholics.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of likely Catholic voters nationwide at least somewhat disapprove of the president’s job performance, while 40% at least somewhat approve. But the passion’s on the side of those who don’t like the job he’s doing: 44% Strongly Disapprove versus 19% who Strongly Approve.
Keep in mind that Catholics comprise about 27% of the electorate...and went for Obama by about 8 points in the '08 election...which makes them pretty key to his holding on to the White House this November.
But they clearly ran into a buzz saw on this issue, drawing near unanimous condemnation from bishops all over the country, which explains why he tried to backtrack somewhat with the so-called "compromise" on Friday.