US Election 2020: Trump holds lead with Christians as atheists back Biden – SHOCK poll

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Voters in the US who identify as white Christians, including Catholics, Protestants and particularly evangelical Protestants generally said they would vote for Mr Trump in the November 3 US election. 52 percent of white Catholics said they would vote for the current president, while 44 percent said they would prefer Joe Biden to win. Four percent would vote for another candidate altogether.

A larger 78 percent of White evangelical Protestants said they would vote for Mr Trump, with just 17 percent saying they would prefer Mr Biden.

However, Joe Biden maintains a strong lead in host of other religious groups including a significant proportion of the Jewish vote.

70 percent of those polled who identified as Jewish said they would vote for Mr Biden, compared to just 27 percent who would prefer Mr Trump.

In addition, the poll data shows support for Mr Trump even among the white Christian base has slipped since August.

The poll was conducted by the Pew Research Center. It involved 11,929 randomly selected US adults between the dates of September 30 and October 5 this year.

Support for Mr Trump among Christians is also not universal. A majority of Hispanic Catholics polled – 67 percent – said they would vote for Mr Biden.

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Significantly, support for Mr Biden among black Protestant Christians polled was overwhelming. 90 percent said they would vote for the Democratic candidate, while just 9 percent said they would vote for Mr Trump.

Atheists polled also largely said they would prefer a Biden administration next year rather than a Trump one.

83 percent of Atheists/Agnostics said they would vote for or prefer Joe Biden, compared to 11 percent who said they would vote for Mr Trump.

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The Pew Research Center said the gap of support for Mr Trump amid White Catholic voters has “narrowed significantly”.

It added: “Support from White Protestants who do not consider themselves to be evangelical or born-again has dropped at a similar pace: 53% say they would vote for Trump if the election were today, down from 59% who said this in the summer poll.

“Even White evangelical Protestants have softened slightly in their support for Trump, though they overwhelmingly remain on his side.

“One partial factor in Trump’s declining support from White Christians might be that the new survey, for the first time, gave respondents the option of saying they would vote for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen or Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Only Trump and Biden were listed by name in the August survey.”

The data supports long-term trends amongst the religious groups polled, the centre said.

White evangelical Protestants have long been consistently Republican voters, whilst religiously unaffiliated people, Jews, black Protestants and Hispanic Catholics are generally Democratic voters.

There is currently just one remaining presidential debate scheduled between Mr Trump and Mr Biden before the US goes to vote in less than a month’s time.

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