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.
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