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Clinton is winning over Catholics, poll finds




Hillary Clinton is currently winning the coveted Catholic vote, but just like the rest of the country, there seems to be a huge racial divide in the Church.

Clinton is leading Trump 56 percent to 39 percent among Catholics, with weekly mass goers supporting the presumptive Democratic nominee by roughly the same margin, according to Pew Research Center, (which is one of the leading authorities on Catholic polling.)

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The poll has white Catholics swaying toward Trump, 50 percent to 46 percent, and Hispanic Catholics overwhelmingly breaking for Clinton, 77 percent to 16 percent.

Perhaps no other institution in the United States has been more affected by demographic changes than the Catholic Church.

As millennial Catholics leave the Church in droves, foreign-born Catholics are dramatically on the rise — thanks in large part to immigration from Mexico and Latin America.

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The Catholic vote has played an important factor in past elections and usually matches the outcome of the popular vote. Currently, 1 in 5 Americans identify as Catholic.

Despite the Church’s staunch support for immigration reform, the racial divide among Catholics on the issue surprised researchers.

“Given how clearly both Pope Francis and the US bishops have expressed positions on the immigration issue, I found that result interesting,” said Greg Smith, Associate Director of Research for the Pew Research Center, according to Crux.

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