(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama has climbed from trailing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 4 points among Catholic voters in the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention to currently leading Romney by six points among Catholic voters, according to the Gallup tracking poll.
Each week, Gallup releases a demographic breakdown of the support for the two major presidential candidates based on its previous three weeks of polling. In latest three week period (which ended on Sept. 23), Gallup surveyed 9,899 registered voters, including 2,148 who said they were Catholic.
Over that three week period, Obama led Romney 50 percent to 44 percent among Catholics. (Obama also leads Romney by 50 percent to 44 percent in the latest seven-day period in Gallup's overall tracking poll of the presidential race.)
By contrast, in three consecutive three-week periods that ended in August (those that concluded on Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26), Romney led Obama 48 percent to 44 percent among Catholics.
The hurricane-delayed Republican National Convention started in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Since that convention, Romney’s support has eroded among Catholics as Obama’s has grown.
In the three week period that ended on Sept. 2 (which included the week of the Republican convention), Romney’s led Obama among Catholic registered 47 percent to 45 percent. In the three week period that ended on Sept. 9 (which included the week of the Democratic convention), Obama took a lead over Romney among Catholics, 47 percent to 45 percent. In the three-week period that ended on Sept. 16, Obama’s lead over Romney among Catholics grew to 49 percent to 44 percent. In the most recent three-week period, which ended on Sept. 23, Obama’s lead among Catholics grew to 50 percent to 44 percent.