SALON (!): White (!!) Catholics Leaving Democratic Party Because Of Immigration (!!!)
Print Friendly and PDF views Salon with collegial contempt, but we should note this excellent article by Patricia Miller: The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse| White Catholic voters used to be reliable Democrats, but that's no longer the case—and it foretells bigger problems (March 15). Excerpts:
While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants
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Miller mentions various explanation including a notable distaste for government spending, but adds:

The other area where white Catholics feel the GOP isn’t being tough enough is immigration: Just under one-third say the GOP is too liberal here, again similar to the 35 percent of white Evangelicals who think there should be more of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants. has been saying for years that the key to GOP/GAP victory is increasing its white share, and, as we’ve also predicted, immigration is making it happen—despite the GOP Congressional Leadership’s best efforts.
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