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Trump wins Catholic vote in election that awoke religious feeling


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Crux
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Media/Opinion
Date:
11/9/2016

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ABSTRACTTrump wins Catholic vote in election that awoke religious feeling         LATEST Trump wins Catholic vote in election that awoke religious feeling Top Vatican diplomat wishes Trump a 'truly fruitful' administration Trump will not be first millionaire politician Pope Francis has worked with Sicilians want a Jesuit pope to canonize their Jesuit martyr Bishop says peace, justice and education key to dialogue with Islam 2016-11-09T08:18:08-0700 2016-11-09T04:59:11-0700 2016-11-09T04:40:55-0700 2016-11-09T01:20:11-0700 2016-11-09T01:19:18-0700 Pope Francis John L. Allen Jr. Inés San Martin Contributors Austen Ivereigh Steven Greydanus Fr. Dwight Longenecker Thomas Williams Mark Zimmermann Charles Camosy Kaitlyn Landgraf Nirmala Carvalho Christopher White Fr. Edward L. Beck Kathryn Jean Lopez Categories Vatican Church in the US Global Church Interviews About Crux John L. Allen Jr. Inés San Martin Shannon Levitt Terri M. Lynn Contact Us Advertising Trump wins Catholic vote in election that awoke religious feeling In Church in the US Crux Staff November 9, 2016 AUTHOR President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (Credit: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson.) Donald Trump’s stunning win was due to a basket of factors including a poor economy, and the anger of those who felt 'left behind'. But front and center were the feelings of religious voters -- and above all their fears of a Democrat candidate perceived as against them. Share:             In 2016, most of the polls were wrong, period. And polls predicting that Hillary Clinton would run away with the Catholic vote proved more wishful than accurate. In the run-up to the election, only the IBD-TIPP poll  consistently pointed to a Trump win among Catholics, as CRUX noted last week.  Almost all the others suggested a significant margin of victory for Clinton. Now that the voting is over, however, preliminary results indicate Trump decisively won a majority of  those self-identifying as Catholics, by 52 to 45 percent. By contrast, President Barack  Obama won Catholics narrowly, by a margin of 50 to 48 percent, in 2012. Evangelicals flocked to Trump in far more overwhelming numbers, by a massive 81 to 16 percent. Trump also outperformed expectations – and the 2012 precedent – among Hispanic and African American voters, while Clinton under-performed with both groups. In fact, with Hispanics, Trump bested Romney’s 2012 performance by two points, while Clinton dropped six points compared to Obama’s 2012 showing. Both candidates had high negatives, and Clinton’s email scandal which plagued her campaign for months, and then again late in October, no doubt contributed to Trump’s victory. So did anxieties over a stagnant economy, racial animus, and the increasing costs and problems with Obamacare. But out of sight of most media reports, religious concerns also seem to have played an important role in Trump’s win. Whether religious voters were embracing Trump or blocking Clinton, there seems to be a clear political message in the result, which is that people of faith cannot be ignored, disparaged or taken for granted. Coming on the heels of an administration known for court battles with faith-based businesses, the U.S. bishops and other religious leaders over policies such as the HHS contraception mandate, which includes sterilization procedures and drugs critics regard as abortion-inducing, revelations seen as indicative of team Clinton’s hostility to aspects of evangelical Protestantism and the Catholic faith certainly didn’t help. Nor did a Catholic on the bottom half of her ticket who took public policy positions at odds with the teaching of his Church on issues including abortion, the death penalty and marriage. Nor, of course, did leaked emails from her campaign manager discussing using political operatives to change Catholic doctrine from within the Church. As it turns out, some of Clinton’s harshest critics were African-American church leaders, who saw these emails about Catholics as a direct threat to their beliefs and way of life. Many African-American pastors signed “ An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton Regarding Religious Freedom for Black America ” last month, citing the emails and other positions and statements of the candidate. Clinton’s support among the African-American community slipped by about 5 points compared to Obama’s, while .......