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Poll Shows Large Percentage of Catholics Did Not Vote in 2020

by | May 20, 2024

By Joshua Mercer

A recent set of New York Times / Siena polls show that nearly one in five registered voters from six swing states, including many Catholics, did not vote in the 2020 presidential election.

The polls surveyed respondents from the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Of those registered voters, 18% said they did not vote in 2020. Thirty-nine percent indicated they voted for Joe Biden, while 36% said their vote was for Donald Trump.

However, the polls also asked the respondents their religious affiliation. Eighteen percent indicated that they considered themselves to be Catholics.

Out of registered voters who did not vote in the last presidential election, 15% said they were Catholics.

By contrast, 20% of Trump voters in 2020 and 18% of Biden voters that year claimed to be Catholic, per the polls.

When mathematical analysis is applied to the polling results, it reveals that roughly 13% of self-identified registered Catholic voters admitted to not voting in 2020.

This figure does not take into account the millions of unregistered adult Catholic citizens who were not included in the Times / Siena polls of registered voters.

In the polls, Wisconsin was the swing state with the highest proportion of Catholic respondents. Over a quarter (26%) of the state’s registered voters surveyed said they were Catholic.

Notably, the surveys also found that Wisconsin was the only state where Biden was leading Trump]  among registered voters – -albeit by only two points.

The state with the second-highest proportion of Catholic voters was Pennsylvania, with 21% of its respondents reporting to be Catholic.

“This poll reveals that an estimated 13% of registered Catholic voters admitted to not even bothering to vote in the 2020 election,” noted former Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., a senior advisor to CatholicVote.

“Perhaps more shocking is that an even larger number of Catholics weren’t even registered to vote,” Huelskamp continued:

And combined, an estimated 25-30% of American Catholics refused to engage in their basic moral obligation to vote in 2020. This is a tragedy for America and for the entire Catholic Church, and I call upon all laity, priests and bishops to work together to inspire all Catholics to become responsible citizens and vote in the 2024 election.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Catholic Vote.

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