SUCH A GOOD ALTAR BOY….There are a lot of interesting polls floating around right now. But take a minute to check out today’s latest from the Pew Research Center. If you scroll down to the second page, you’ll see the trend in support for Bush and Kerry by religious affiliation. Between the first debate and now, Kerry has picked up 12 to 17 points (depending on the poll you look at) among white Catholics.

In the second debate, you may remember, he stated simply, “I am a Catholic.” He also talked about his experience as an altar boy (a phrase that was reportedly the subject of debate within the Kerry camp–should he mention it or not?), and he expressed respect for those who hold pro-life views. I was always surprised that his Catholic numbers were so low, so I’m not shocked to see this change, but it is certainly remarkable.

p.s. Oh, and other interesting, non-related-to-religion findings can be found in the poll report.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.