Republican politicians are sadly mistaken if they think there’s political hay to be made with their preposterous claim that President Obama is waging war on the Catholic Church, or on religion in general, with his regulation regarding contraception coverage in health plans.
As the chart above makes clear, a solid majority of Americans sides with Obama on this issue, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times POLL. Support among Catholic respondents is the same 61 percent.
And there’s this:
Majorities of both men and women said they are in favor of the rule, though support among women is especially pronounced, with 66 percent supporting and 26 percent opposing it. Among men, 55 percent of men are in favor; 38 percent object.
Think about those numbers for women for a moment. And then consider the strong likelihood that more women than men will be voting next November. Do you see the implications here? Do you see the potential electoral dangers for the Republican Party if it persists in its foolish war against contraception coverage?
If Republican politicians finally perceive this reality before it’s too late, it’s going to be fun to watch how they try to retreat from their phony moralism on the contraception issue.
UPDATE: For the sake of accuracy, perhaps I should clarify the results of the CBS/NYT poll.
The chart at the top and the numbers in the first paragraph and the indented paragraph reflect only responses to the question of requiring religious employers to cover contraception.
The numbers are even better in response to this more general question: “Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female patients?”
On this one, 66 percent of Americans are supportive, and 26 percent are opposed.
Independents support it by 64-26.
Moderates support it by 68-22.
Women support it by 72-20.
Catholics in general support it by 67-25.
Catholics who attend church every week or almost every week support it by 48-43.
And even Republicans support it by 50-44.