Gallup: Catholic Biden Job Approval Highest Among People Who Never Attend Church

By Michael W. Chapman | April 14, 2021 | 11:05am EDT
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(CNS News) -- Although President Joe Biden is a Catholic -- a Catholic who rejects nearly all of the fundamental moral teachings of the church -- a recent survey shows there is "little evidence" that his faith is resulting in "high approval ratings from his fellow Catholics." In fact, his highest job approval rating, 67%, is among people who never attend church. 

Further, among all weekly churchgoers, Biden's approval rating is only 45%. Trump, in his final presidential year, enjoyed a 54% approval rating among Americans who attended church weekly or nearly every week.

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

The Gallup poll showed that Biden's job approval went up among those people who rarely or never attend church.

"Predictably, Biden does best among infrequent church attenders," reported Gallup. 

"The less religious the individual, the more Democratic," said the survey firm.  "Biden so far is proving to be no exception to this rule."

"Biden's approval rating increases significantly as church attendance decreases, as can be seen in the accompanying table [below], rising from 45% among those who attend services weekly or almost weekly to 67% among those who never attend," reported Gallup. 

"Obama in 2016 generated almost the exact same pattern," said Gallup. "Republican Trump, by contrast, received his highest approval among weekly attenders and his lowest among those who never attend."

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

In a more specific finding, Gallup found that among white Protestants who attend church weekly/almost weekly, Biden's job approval is only 26%. Trump's approval in this category was 73% -- for Barack Obama, only 23%.

Gallup did not provide data on Biden's job approval among Catholics who attend church weekly/almost weekly, which would likely indicate how he stands among faithful Catholics. 

Many Catholic bishops have denounced Biden's support for abortion and gay "marriage," and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has said Biden could face public excommunication from the church. 

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