2020 Catholic Voter Approval Poll Confirms Trump Has Destroyed GOP


President Donald Trump is continuing to lose ground at a major rate ahead of the general election this November. New polling reveals that white Catholics in the United States now approve of Trump at a rate that is a staggering 23 percent lower than the rate at which they approved of him just about two months ago. The polling is from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and SSRS, and the latest installment was conducted at the end of May. In the poll, just 37 percent of white Catholics said that they approved of Trump. Just two months prior, when similar polling was conducted in March, a full 60 percent of white Catholics had said that they approved of Trump.

The fall in his favorability among white Catholics seems to be more than just a one-time occurrence. Across 2019 as a whole, an average of 49 percent of white Catholics said that they approved of Trump. That’s a full 12 percent higher than his latest favorability rating among white Catholics; again, a meager 37 percent of white Catholics said they approved of Trump just last month.

Trump’s also doing poorly among some non-Catholic groups, many of whom have sometimes been touted as a core part of the president’s base. Newsweek explains:

As the coronavirus death toll topped the 100,000 mark and nationwide protests against the killing of George Floyd kicked off, the commander-in-chief’s favorability rating among white evangelical Protestants also fell. According to the PRRI poll, a little more than six-in-ten (62 percent) backed Trump in May—down 15 points on his March favorability rating of 77 percent.’

A 15 percent drop in favorability among a key voting bloc is nothing to scoff at, although among both white mainline and non-white Protestants, Trump’s approval stood at a slightly higher rate than it did in 2019.

The numbers correspond roughly with Trump’s approval ratings overall. On average, FiveThirtyEight reported early Monday, a meager 41.2 percent of poll respondents said that they approved of Donald Trump. On average, a full 54.4 percent of respondents said that they disapproved of Trump in recent polls. In a new CNN poll, Trump’s standing was revealed to be staggeringly dismal. A mere 38 percent of respondents said that they approve of Trump, while a full 57 percent said they disapprove. And when pitted against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Trump only garnered 41 percent of the support. Biden, meanwhile, had the support of a full 55 percent of respondents.

Trump rage-tweeted after the polling emerged.

As if he wants to wish the dismal numbers out of existence, he posted:

‘CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting. Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America! The Lamestream Media refuses to talk about our Country’s record setting Jobs Numbers, which are indicating GREATNESS, and soon! 96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!’

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That’s some meltdown. He’s trying to get people to vote for him by apocalyptically insisting that his opponent would “destroy America.” In the meantime, he’s used that claim of a 96 percent approval rating before — and he’s never cited a source, and it appears to be potentially made up.