Poll: Trump Gains Significant Lead Over Biden Among Catholic Voters

A recent Pew Research poll has revealed a dramatic shift in Catholic support toward former President Donald Trump in his potential 2024 rematch against President Joe Biden. The survey, released on April 30, shows 55% of Catholics now back Trump compared to just 43% for Biden, a stark contrast to the narrow 50%-49% lead Trump held in 2020.

Hispanic Catholics, who overwhelmingly favored Biden in 2020 with a 67%-26% split, have also swung towards Trump, now preferring the incumbent president by a slim 49%-47% margin.

Protestants also lean heavily toward Trump, with approximately 60% expressing support for the former president. Atheists, agnostics and the religiously unaffiliated, however, break for Biden by a significant 69%-28% margin.

Biden has frequently leaned into his Catholic identity during his campaigns, portraying himself as a devout believer. However, his support for policies contrary to church teachings, such as pro-choice deregulation and gender ideology affirmation, has drawn criticism from Catholic leaders.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., previously described Biden as a “cafeteria Catholic” who “picks and chooses dimensions of the faith to highlight while ignoring or even contradicting other parts.”

The poll results come as the House Judiciary Committee and its Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government released an interim staff report detailing the FBI’s categorization of certain Catholic Americans as potential domestic terrorists, further highlighting the complex relationship between faith and politics in the United States.