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Opinions on Notre Dame Invitation to President Obama

Sponsor: Quinnipiac
Released: 2009-05

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U.S. voters say 56 – 31 percent, including 60 – 34 percent among Catholic voters, that Notre Dame University should not rescind its invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at the university’s commencement, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Observant Catholic voters who attend religious services about once a week say 49 – 43 percent that Notre Dame should keep President Obama on the program, while Catholics who attend services less frequently say 70 – 26 percent that Obama should speak, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,041 registered voters nationwide finds.

Protestants are less forgiving of Obama’s pro-choice position as all white Protestants say 51 – 33 percent that the President should be allowed to speak while white evangelical Protestants split with 44 percent saying he should speak and 42 percent saying the invitation should be rescinded.