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The State of the Catholic Vote in 2012: It Ain’t What It Used to Be

posted on September 7, 2012

The Center for American Progress’ Jack Jenkins describes the changes to the “Catholic vote” since the 1950s. While John F. Kennedy could count on a large majority of Catholics to support him in 1960, what Jenkins calls the “put-a-Catholic-on-the-ticket game” no longer automatically results in winning over Catholic voters. Jenkins also finds that “[u]nlike their historical progenitors, the Catholics of today … aren’t beholden to one or two issues and aren’t even all that influenced by the views of the established Catholic hierarchy.”

Read at The Center for American Progress