White and Latino Catholics deeply divided in 2016, panel says

White and Latino Catholics deeply divided in 2016, panel says

White and Latino Catholics deeply divided in 2016, panel says

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots during early voting at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio on October 28, 2016. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Reuters/Shannon Stapleton.)

Delve into the poll numbers, and trends emerge that speak to the future of Catholic voting in the U.S. While white Catholics favor Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton 48 to 41 percent in a recent PRRI poll, the opposite is true of non-white Catholics, the vast majority of whom are Latino. Those non-white Catholics choose Clinton over Trump 78 to 17 percent.

WASHINGTON — They are many, shift between parties and typically side with the candidate who ends up winning the White House.

That’s what makes Catholics the ultimate swing voters in the U.S. And this year they are going to throw their weight behind Democrat Hillary Clinton, a panel of political analysts said Oct. 31.

Catholics favor Clinton over Trump 51 to 40 percent, according to a recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, which co-sponsored the panel at the National Press Club.

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