by George J. Marlin,
Author of The American Catholic Voter:
Historically, Catholics have been a pivotal swing vote that has determined outcomes in numerous national, state, and local elections. In the close contest of 2012, they are likely to make the difference of who will be sworn in as president on January 24, 2013.
Pew Center Poll
Party Identification with Leaners Among Registered Voters
Most of these working class Catholics subscribe to traditional Judeo-Christian principles, live them in their daily lives and expect the same of public officials. Their beliefs mean more than material gain and transcend economic issues.
And in a close election, these Catholic voters, who cast their ballots according to cultural standards still matter. It is they who will determine which man will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2013 – just as they have in every election since 1972.
from Complete Catholicism