Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
This weekend, I appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” to talk about the Catholic vote, a crucial demographic that is becoming increasingly difficult to pin down. Catholics have never voted as a bloc for either of the two parties, but historically, they leaned toward the Democrats. However, demographic shifts among Catholics in the U.S., in large part due to the increasing numbers of Latino Catholics, have started to separate Catholics by race and ethnicity. As I observed:
I would say there are at least two key Catholic votes in the country, and they divide pretty cleanly by ethnicity. White, non-Hispanic Catholics, for example, in the last election supported John McCain over Barack Obama. However, if you look at the Latino Catholic vote, nearly three-quarters of the Latino Catholic vote supported President Barack Obama.
What will this mean for the 2012 election? Listen to the segment to learn more.