Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new poll shows that Catholic voters are less likely to support Catholic candidates, such Sen. John Kerry, who favor abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
A Zogby International poll of 1,388 Roman Catholics in the U.S. shows the likely Democratic presidential nominee getting the support of only 20% of Catholic voters on issues where he disagrees with the position of the church.
Sixty-five percent of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who would appoint only judicial nominees who backed the Roe v. Wade decision allowing abortion. Only 16 percent said they would be more likely to support such a candidate.
That opinion is held by both churchgoing Catholics (71% less likely) and Catholics who attend church infrequently (57% less likely).
Despite a recent flip-flop on the issue, Kerry has affirmed that he will only appoint pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, 53 percent of Catholic voters would be less likely to support a candidate, like Kerry, who backs embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of unborn children in their earliest stages of life. Only 23 percent said they would be more likely to back a candidate who favors such destructive research.
Churchgoing Catholics oppose such a candidate by 65 to 13 percent margin, while non-churchgoing Catholic voters are split (37-36) on whether they are less likely to vote for such a candidate.
The poll was commissioned by Associated Television News (ATN) and the O’Leary Report and conducted by Zogby International from a database of Roman Catholic likely voters from identified in previous surveys
If this is a true indicator of Catholic voting trends this is good news. Especially since the last election Catholics were evenly split between Bush and Gore.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.