- Feb 27, 2021
The now-commonplace expression “the dog that didn’t bark” means that sometimes the fact something one would have expected to happen didn’t is the key to understanding a situation.
Biden’s Catholic supporters believe after four years of polarization and divisive rhetoric from Trump, the country needs Biden to bring the country back together. However, there are also Catholics who fear an expansion of abortion rights is now inevitable because of his pro-choice beliefs.
“I think religion played a big role here, especially among white Catholics, and that may have been enough for Trump to lose,” said Ryan Burge, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University who conducts polls on the interaction between religion and politics.
Less than two weeks before the presidential election, a new poll indicated President Donald Trump has lost the so-called “Catholic vote” and that his nomination of a Catholic to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, did nothing to change that equation.
A new presidential poll issued Oct. 15 by the Pew Research Center shows Catholic former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, ahead by 10 percentage points, 52 percent-42 percent, over the Republican incumbent, President Donald Trump.
Only 23 percent of Catholic voters believe Trump to be religious.