EWTN News poll shows Catholic disapprove of Trump

EWTN News poll shows Catholic disapprove of Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden leads President Trump by 12 points with Catholics, according to an EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research poll published Monday.

The new poll from a Catholic television network finds a slim majority of the faithful support Democrats in Congress and disapprove of President Trump.

According the poll released on Monday evening, 56% of Catholic respondents disapproved of Mr. Trump’s job as president. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress — led by Roman Catholic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — received a 53% approval rating.

The polling, which interviewed 1,500 U.S. Catholic registered voters at the end of August, days after the Republican National Convention, comes during a national conversation across the faith over the role church doctrine — particularly on abortion — should guide voting decisions.

On a press call, Executive Editor of EWTN Matthew Brunson noted that support for the Republican president grows when “correlating frequency of mass attendance.” Mr. Trump has courted pro-life groups with conservative court nominees.

More than nine out of 10 Catholic voters, 91%, said they are concerned about the economy. Healthcare and the coronavirus also came in as top issues, with 73% of Catholics saying the pandemic was a major concern.

The voting bloc also raised concerns about the anti-Catholic and anti-religious rioting, with 83% concerned about the vandalism and attacks against churches.

The poll was conducted Aug. 27 through Sept. 1 with 1,212 registered Catholic voters, prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.01%.

A Pew Research Center poll released last month found Catholic voters evenly split, with 50% favoring Mr. Trump and 49% behind Mr. Biden. The center also showed that Mr. Trump carried the Catholic vote in 2016 by 52% to 44%, although other surveys have said the contest was much closer.

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