Dueling ledes today from press releases on President Obama’s standing with Catholics from two major polling organizations tell you an awful lot:
Catholics’ views of President Obama were little changed during a week in which the administration battled publicly with Catholic leaders over whether church-affiliated employers should have to pay for contraception as part of their employees’ health plans. An average of 46% of Catholics approved of the job Obama was doing as president last week, compared with 49% the prior week, a change within the margin of sampling error.
Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration’s new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose. While the president’s overall job approval ratings have improved over the past couple of months, they have remained steady among Catholics.
You will note that the two surveys indicate the same basic finding: no change in Catholic opinions on Obama. You might also note that Rasmussen’s release misstates the “new policy” in question rather significantly, though not as dramatically as its earlier poll on the mandate itself.