Catholics strongly disapprove of the job US President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration’s new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose, according to a new poll.
A new Rasmussen Reports 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.
The findings are significant, as fifty-four percent (54%) of Catholics voted for Obama in November 2008.
Republican hopeful Mitt Romney currently leads the president among Catholic voters by a 52% to 35% margin, however among all voters President Obama leads Romney and all Republican hopefuls.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Evangelical Christians and 52% of other Protestants also at least somewhat disapprove of the job Obama is doing in the White House. The view is much more positive among non-Christians. Among those who profess some other religious affiliation or none at all, 68% at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance.
Regardless of religious affiliation, disapproval is higher among those who regularly attend religious services. Among those who attend services every week or nearly every week, 41% offer their approval of the president while 59% disapprove. Among those who rarely or never attend services, 63% approve and 36% disapprove.
These results are from surveys conducted over the seven days ending February 12, 2012.