[quote="dcingoranelli, post:5, topic:279095"]
It is surprising to me, given what Obama and his administration have been up to, that nearly a third of respondents cast their straw vote for him in this poll.
Because some so called Catholics do not give real consideration to what the Church teaches on the principals of voting. Whether they realize it or not, a vote for Barack Obama at the ballot box means they have constituted remote material cooperation or material cooperation with evil, depending on the voter's reasons for voting.
GetReligion classifies the 'Catholic Vote' as this:
Ex-Catholics. Solid for the Democrats. GOP has no chance.
**Cultural Catholics** who may go to church a few times a year. This may be an undecided voter — check out that classic *Atlantic Monthly *[tribes of American religion]("http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200601/twelve-tribes") piece — depending on what is happening with the economy, foreign policy, etc. Leans to Democrats.
**Sunday-morning American Catholics**. This voter is a regular in the pew and may even play some leadership role in the parish. This is the Catholic voter that is really up for grabs, the true swing voter that the candidates are after.
**The “sweats the details” Roman Catholic** who goes to confession. Is active in the full sacramental life of the parish and almost always backs the Vatican, when it comes to matters of faith and practice. This is where the GOP has made its big gains in recent decades, but it is a very small slice of the American Catholic pie.
Simply, you have properly catechized Catholics - they won't vote for pro abortion, religious liberty impinging candidates. As the article says, the data shows the link between weekly mass attendance and not voting for a political party which opposes important Catholic teaching.