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The IBD Poll Tightens –Again. Catholics Breaking Big For McCain?

Thursday, October 23, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Tell the rotund lady to sit down a while longer. From IBD:

IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll: Day Eleven

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

McCain has cut into Obama’s lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point de?cit to a 9-point lead among Catholics.

My friend Doc from PowderTracks blog has argued for a while now that the sleeping giant of the Catholic vote –energized, inspired and informed by the American Catholic leadership as never before– could be the huge wild card that pollsters are simply not paying enough attention to. The huge swing noted in this poll supports his belief that the Catholic faithful are breaking decisively towards Mccain-Palin.

And there are lots and lots of Catholics in PA and other battleground states.

UPDATE: Listeneers to my show are familiar with the leadership of Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput in alerting his flock to the overarching importance of the life issue in their votes, but here’s another fine example of principled leadership on the issue, from Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, PA –Joe Biden’s home town.

And here’s another essay on the subjects and Catholics and the campaign from theologian and John Paul II and benedict XVI biographer George Weigel.

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