Obama Retakes Lead With Catholic Voters, Says Gallup Poll

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 12, 2012 | 12:28pm EDT

President Barack Obama in Melbourne, Fla., on Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(CNSNews.com) - After trailing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among Catholics for a month, President Barack Obama retook the lead among that group in the latest polling period, according to the Gallup tracking poll of the presidential race.

Each week, Gallup releases a demographic breakout of its tracking poll results over the previous three weeks, during which time the polling firm has surveyed more than 9,000 registered voters about 2,000 of whom say they are Catholic.

In the three-week period that ended on Aug. 5, Romney led Obama 46 percent to 45 percent among Catholics. In the period that ended Aug. 12, Romney expanded his lead among Catholics to 48 percent to 44 percent, an advantage he maintained through the periods ending on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. In the three-week period that ended on Sept. 2, Romney's lead over Obama among Catholics dropped to 47 percent to 45 percent.

In the most recent three-week period, which ended on Sept. 9, Obama led Romney among Catholics 47 percent to 45 percent.

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