Introduction: The “Catholic Vote” in the USA
This chapter describes the evolution of the Catholic vote in the USA, with a special emphasis on the shift from solid Democratic to becoming the true “swing vote”. Although many analyses point out that the Catholic vote—about 22% of the national vote—generally reflects the overall popular vote in the USA, the 2016 election is distinctive in recent history in that Catholics went substantially against the national vote. Donald J. Trump won a majority of Catholic voters, whereas Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote. The analysis here explains what made the 2016 election different than recent election cycles for Catholic voters.