Monday, November 24, 2008

Tories cashing in on Catholic vote

The religious vote may be helping the Tories. According to a poll Angus Reid Strategies did for Maclean’s, Roman Catholics are voting for the Conservatives in increasing numbers. Roman Catholics reportedly make up 44 per cent of the population and have tended to vote for the Grits; however, in 2006, RCs began a move to the Tories.

“Outside Quebec, 49 per cent of Catholics who attend church weekly voted Conservative, compared to just 38 per cent in 2004. Within Quebec, where upwards of 80 per cent of the population identifies as Catholic, the switch away from the Liberals is even more striking. In 2008, just 22 per cent of Quebec Catholics voted Liberal, compared to 56 per cent in 2004.” – Angus Reid Strategies/Maclean’s

And apparently it isn’t just Roman Catholics. Protestants—30 per cent of the population—who have tended to vote pretty much evenly for the two major parties, have started to lean toward the Tories over the past four years.

In 2008, 64 per cent of church-going Protestants outside of Quebec voted Conservative—51 per cent in 2004. And apparently Tory support among voters from the conservative/fundamentalist Christian faiths is even stronger.

Andrew Grenville, Angus Reid’s chief research officer is quoted as saying:

quote-left-red-beige-bgThe Liberals have alienated their base, which shows how weak their support really is.

I can’t see Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff appealing to that vote either, which is in part why their prospects aren’t too bright.quote-right-red-beige-bg

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…


  1. The CPC gets married to the religious nutbars at their own peril. Witness the GOP now - they need a divorce, and fast. The weirdos took over the party.

  2. Ah yes. Protestants and Catholics are "religious nutbars" and "weirdos." If that's the reception they receive from the left, is it any wonder they're voting Conservatives?

    All this talk about diversity rings completely hollow if its proponents can't show even a modicum of respect to the majority of Canadians who are Christian.

  3. The weirdos took over the party.

    Ah yes. The Liberals should distance themselves from any religious group ASAP.

    Send them all to the Conservatives.