Hispanic Catholics, a rapidly growing segment in the church and a burgeoning voting bloc in the U.S., favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as president by more than a 3-to-1 margin, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center.
The survey, released July 13, found 77 percent of registered Hispanic Catholic voters saying they would vote for or lean toward voting for Clinton, the expected Democratic candidate, compared to 16 percent supporting Trump, the Republican nominee. In contrast, the candidates are nearly even among white registered Catholic voters, with 50 percent siding with Trump and 46 percent with Clinton. Clinton holds a 19-point lead over Trump (57 percent to 38 percent) among all Catholics who attend Mass weekly. Overall, Catholics favor Clinton to Trump 56 percent to 39 percent.
The Pew survey was conducted June 15-26 by landlines and cellphones, and polled 2,245 adults, including 1,655 registered voters. That survey sample included 527 Catholics, with 348 of them registered to vote. The poll had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points for all voters, and 4.9 percentage points for Catholics.
Source: Pew Research Center (NCR Staff and Dreamstime)
The full study is available at www.pewforum.org/2016/07/13/religion-and-the-2016-campaign.