A new survey from the Pew Forum shows that President Obama is widening his lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney among likely Catholic voters, a group the president won in 2008.
Among all Catholics, the president leads 54-39%, though both candidates are about tied among white Catholics.
Religion News Service points out that the Romney campaign just unveiled a list of prominent Catholic supporters, dubbed the Catholics for Romney Coalition, headlined by five former US ambassadors to the Holy See. Mitt Romney praised the Catholic Church in a press release:
The Catholic Church embodies all that is great about America—loving your neighbor, defending life, and helping the less fortunate to overcome poverty and rise in the world. Forming a more perfect union requires that we continue to turn these principles into reality. If I am elected president, that will be my highest priority.
Earlier this year, Obama announced his Catholic steering committee, which includes some names well known among progressive Catholic circles. Obama also released a video specifically targeted toward Catholic voters, hitting heavily on themes of collective values. Watch that video below.
Michael J. O’Loughlin