Catholics are giving a decided edge to Hillary Clinton, as she has a five-to-four margin over Donald Trump, according to a new poll released at a news conference at the National Press Club on 31st October.
Hispanic Catholics and white women are helping Clinton make these gains, said the poll results, released by the Public Religion Research Institute in conjunction with the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
Clinton, the Democratic nominee, got support from 51 per cent of Catholics compared to 40 per cent for Donald Trump, the Republican nominee. This compares to a much closer 50 per cent-48 per cent advantage Catholics gave to President Barack Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney four years ago in Obama’s re-election bid.
White Catholics prefer Trump by a plurality of 48 per cent to 41 per cent. But nonwhite Catholics give Clinton a 78 per cent-17 per cent boost, said Robert Jones, PRRI president, during the news conference. By comparison, Romney carried white Catholics by 18 percentage points in 2012, but lost to Hispanic Catholics by 54 percentage points.
Picture: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Sanford, FL, USA, on Tuesday 1st November 2016. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM).