President Donald Trump won support from about 8 in 10 white Evangelical Christian voters in his race for reelection, but Ca-tholic voters split almost evenly between him and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, according to AP Vote Cast.
Trump’s strong hold on white evangelical voters illustrates the GOP’s enduring success with a bloc of religious conservatives who have been a linchpin of the president’s political base since his 2016 victory. The president’s path to a second term has grown narrower, however, amid a divide among Catholics between Trump and Biden, a lifelong member of the faith.
AP Vote Cast showed 50% of Catholics backing Trump and 49% favouring Biden, reflecting the faith’s longstanding role as a closely contested vote in presi-dential elections — particularly in Rust Belt battleground states such as Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump won both of those states by less than 1 percentage point in 2016, but Biden prevailed in both this year. The survey of more than 110,000 voters nation-wide was conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.