What percentage of Roman Catholics do you think would be unlikely to vote for a candidate with whom they agree on all issues — except abortion?
These are the people for whom abortion is the priority.
The answer, according to a new poll of Catholics by Le Moyne College in Syracuse, a Jesuit school, and Zogby International is…22 percent.
The poll also found that 44% of Catholics believe â€œa good Catholicâ€ could not vote for a pro-choice candidate. But 53% say a good Catholic could vote for a pro-choice candidate.
Dr. Matt Loveland, a Le Moyne sociologist and a key player on the poll, said â€œIn essence, less than a third of Catholic voters appear to vote solely on abortion attitudes, but those who do tend to favor â€˜pro-lifeâ€™ candidates.”
Loveland also says that most Catholics appear to side with Joe the Plumber over their church when it comes to “spreading the wealth” to support the poor. 38% of Catholics agree, somewhat or strongly, that government policies should favor the poorest over those in the middle and upper classes.
58% disagree. 4% undecided.
Oh yeah, the poll also shows Catholics favoring McCain over Obama, 44.7% to 41.9%.