Catholics and the 2016 Elections
Mark Gray concludes with an analysis of Catholic voting patterns in 2016. He notes the difference in voting patterns of the major subgroups—non-Hispanic white Catholics and Hispanic Catholics. Whereas some have suggested that shifting demographics change the composition of the Catholic vote, Gray demonstrates that in recent election cycles, especially in 2016, turnout rates among the subgroups are more important determinants. He takes us through the Catholic vote in both the primaries and in the general election and finds some perhaps surprising results regarding the key issues for Catholic voters—particularly homeland security, immigration, and the economy.