Poll analysis finds Catholic approval of Trump has declined

Among white Catholics, polling from January reveals that support for Trump is down to 44 percent compared to 52 percent when he first took office

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington during an interfaith prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s swearing-in as the country’s 45th president. (Credit: CNS.)

Two years into his presidency, President Donald Trump still enjoys high approval ratings from white evangelical Protestants, while Catholic support has declined.

A new analysis released on Monday by the Pew Research Center examining 11 surveys conducted throughout the president’s 26 months in office revealed a decline among white Catholics’ support of the president, with an overall approval at 36 percent – the same as it was two years ago.

Among white Catholics, polling from January reveals that support for Trump is down to 44 percent compared to 52 percent when he first took office. Nonwhite Catholic support for the president is significantly lower at 26 percent, however, that number is up from 13 percent in January 2017.

Comparatively, among white evangelical Protestants, that number is much higher, with seven in ten evangelicals still expressing approval for the president, and black Protestant support at 12 percent.

Among Mass-going white Catholics, the president’s approval ratings are at 52 percent, down from 60 percent when he first took office. In the most recent period analyzed, the president’s approval among white Catholics who attend Mass less regularly give the president a 45 percent approval, down slightly from 48 percent.

During the 2016 presidential contest, the Catholic vote was nearly evenly split, with data from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University showing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receiving 48 percent of the Catholic vote, compared to 45 percent for Trump.

Full story at Crux.

Comments

  1. Good!

  2. Clinton R. says

    It is very sad that so many “Catholics” would rather have a Democrat (Hillary Clinton in 2016) as president even though that party encourages and celebrates evil such as abortion and homosexuality.

  3. Thinking Catholics can no longer support Mr. Trump as he careens wildly from one illogical tweet to another. His recent criticism of the late Senator John McCain is uncharitable and contrary to the conduct of a follower of Christ.

    • Of course we shouldn’t speak ill of the dead but who is more Catholic than our President who is the most pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious liberty President we ever had. And who is more uncharitable: Trump or the liberals who fuel hate daily and support infanticide and the violence of abortion!
      We also can’t overlook that it was the same John McCain who was actively involved with the fictitious Russian/Trump collusion hoax which costs this country millions if not billions, not to mention the hate on the left against Trump which has ensued since then. In addition, McCain’s very angry “spiteful” vote against the Republican’s health care bill. Yes, John McCain was a war hero but was not who you think he was and why is it uncharitable…

      • Ronnie, I assume that you watch Fox New and listen to Rush?

        • Actually I hardly ever watch Fox News. I certainly don’t watch “fake news” like CNN & MSNBC or any network news who are obsessed with their hatred and viciousness against Trump. The deranged left thank God is being exposed.

    • McCain was a war monger…..and his support of ISIS allied rebels in Syria cost the lives of many Christians

  4. Amazing that Catholics don’t view Trump’s prolife support (defunding PP and opposing infanticide) as a good thing; his support of blacks and Hispanics —acknowledging highest employment of Blacks and Hispanics (doesn’t seem racist…)as unworthy of their support; his support for Jews, putting Embassy in Jerusalem—where is the anti-Semitism in this?

    He protects religious freedom. Actually, I think Trump is more Catholic than many (c)atholics. We have a problem and Trump isn’t the problem!!

    • Anonymous says

      Notice that there is no criteria on which Trump has been more negatively evaluated. We are given absolutely no idea WHY Trump is “more negatively evaluated”. What was the sampling “Catholic” group that was surveyed? it is important for the survey to disclose that if it intends to have its information taken seriously. Otherwise it is another cheap piece of pseudo-scientific propaganda that is meant to discourage Trump Catholics.

    • Jimmy Mac says

      Oh, you do INDEED have a problem!

  5. San Carlos says

    “Catholics” is too broad a survey group. This polling technique is misleading, because some “Catholics” consider pro-abortion politicians to be acceptable, others do not. Some Catholics are very informed about their faith, many are not. Because there is so much diversity in the “Catholic” grouping between the Modernists and the Traditionalists, and “Catholics in Name Only”, the poll needs to be revised to be taken seriously.

  6. Pew Research – a left wing polling organization. Kind of like when CNN or MSNBC does Trump polls. Enough said.

  7. Like others have stated, Mr. Trump, is a “mixed bag.” But when push comes to shove, Catholics should be thankful for what he has done for the Pro-Life cause. He has done more than any president in recent memory.

  8. Mr. Trump says that he is pro-life. Tha’t a good, up to a point. He is really just anti-abortion, not pro-life. He has no respect for women, for those who serve. He has no respect for the lives of those who seek asylum, taking babies from the breasts of their mothers, putting them in cages. Keep in mind that these are people who came into the country legally and are awaiting judicial hearings. He supports the coal industry, a dying industry, over a clean environment. Most of his policies are anti-Christian. We elected a person who does not meet the basic standards expected of our Presidents.

    • Let’s not forget that it was Obama who first took babies from their mothers putting them in cages but of course the leftist media failed to mention that. (And what about those murdered by illegal aliens? Where are their rights?) As pro-abortion, pro-baby killing as Obama was (and pro-infanticide, sponsoring a bill in the Illinois state house letting little girls/boys who survived their execution through the violence of abortion DIE) Trump is 100% more pro-life than any other President we have had. And who respects women more, those who lead them astray and support them killing their unborn children or those who help them choose life. Trump certainly has his flaws (don’t we all, what happened to judge not that the liberals spew all the…

      • Obama did take babies from their mothers and put them in cages. During Obama’s administration, there were occasional family members, usually half or less of the actual family, crossing the boarders in which a parent (almost always the father) had a criminal record, and needed to be incarcerated. It would have been unacceptable to incarcerate any children with them, so a stop-gap had to be developed. Under Trump, EVERY family, not just criminals, had their children seperated from them and put in cages.And then Trump couldn’t be bothered to keep track of which child belonged to which parent and thus we have the current situation.

    • Keith w Petersen says

      “…taking babies from the breasts of their mothers, putting them in cages….”

      And, President Trump turned me in to a newt.

      +Sigh+

      Can any authentic Catholic who strive to live a sacramental life, vote for ANY of the current and future democratic lights? Lets start on the far far left with Booker, Harris, Bernie and move to Joe Biden?

      Trump is imperfect but he is far far better for the country and Catholics than anyone that will be put forward by the Dems.

  9. Trump’s prolife stance is just a rouge for the evangelicals and some Catholics who are a part of his base. By the way, he didn’t really win the election…he lost the popular vote and is only president because of the electoral college. The man is a disgrace and it’s all about him and his wealth…not about what is good for the country.

    • Keith w Petersen says

      George.

      “he didn’t really win the election…he lost the popular vote and is only president because of the electoral college.”

      He won the election. Popular vote is not the law of the land. You want to change the law? Get cracking on that constitutional amendment.

      “…not about what is good for the country.”

      Pro life, booming economy, lowest black and Latino unemployment in history, conservative judges added to federal and Supreme courts, reduced drone strikes and reduced overseas military adventurism, strong foreign policy, repeal of onerous regulations… shall I go on?

    • Nice try but Trump DID win the election. How clueless can you get! He only lost on the popular vote in wacky far leftist socialist California!

  10. How was ‘Catholic’ defined in the poll?

    Pretty important, no?

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