Nineteen Sixty-four is a research blog for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University edited by Mark M. Gray. CARA is a non-profit research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission: to increase the Catholic Church's self understanding; to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers; and to advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism. Follow CARA on Twitter at: caracatholic.


Beginning of Election 2016

With the new year, Election 2016 gets serious. As we did in 2012, we will again be tracking the Catholic vote all year long. As I've often said this is by no means a "voting bloc" but that is why it is so important. By religion, it is the only group of voters that can go Republican in one cycle and Democrat in the next. Those of other religious affiliations are much more consistent voting for one party's candidates over time. Catholics are the ultimate "swing vote" that candidates typically need to win the presidency.

Rather than kicking off our election coverage here this year, we were thrilled to have it published in OSV Newsweekly. Check out the story here and stay tuned to the blog for more election analysis this year.

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