A new survey finds that the percentage of Catholics who identify as Republicans or lean Republican has increased in recent years.
However, that increase in Catholics is not nearly as significant as the drop in Protestants and Democrats, and a decline in those who identify with neither party is even larger.
The Pew Research Center conducted a national survey in May 2016.
Among a sample of 2,002 adults, 55% of Catholics identified as Republicans, down from 57% in the 2015 survey.
Among Republicans, 56% identified as Republican or lean, down slightly from 59% in 2015.
The number of Catholics identifying as independent dropped to 18%, from 20% in 2014.
Among Democrats, only 28% identified with either party, down significantly from 34% in 2016.
This shift in the Democratic party has been driven by the party’s decision to abandon the traditional Democratic party.
“The Democratic Party has decided that it’s not going to be the party of the working class and it’s going to embrace a big tent of the progressive left,” said Andrew Smith, director of the Pew Research center.
“I think the trend is pretty clear.
It’s a change in direction.”
The poll was conducted from May 10 to May 14, 2016, among 1,019 adults, including 1,058 registered voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Pew Research said the survey is the first to measure Catholics’ attitudes toward the Democratic Party.
According to the survey, 64% of Catholic respondents identified as Democrats, down 2 percentage points from the previous year.
A majority of Catholics also said they are not very likely to vote for the Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election.
However in the past few years, Catholics have become more likely to identify as Democrats.
In 2016, 46% of respondents identified with the Democratic or lean party, compared to 37% who identified with neither.
And in 2015, 52% identified, compared with 37% in 2019.
In the past four years, the percentage identifying with neither the Democratic nor the Republican parties has increased, from 41% in 2010 to 47% in 2020.
The shift in Catholics’ identification with neither of the parties has been particularly noticeable among older Catholics.
“In general, Catholics younger than 50 have become less likely to lean Republican over the last few years,” said Smith.
The percentage of Catholic voters who identify their party as the Republican or the Democratic has also declined.
In 2015, 62% of younger Catholics identified their party affiliation as the Democratic, down 8 percentage points since 2014.
In 2020, 61% identified their affiliation as either the Republican party, up from 57%, in 2019, and only 28%, in 2016, were older Catholics who were also Democrats.
Smith said he thinks the drop of younger Catholic voters to the Republican may be linked to the fact that older Catholics have grown increasingly interested in politics.
The survey also found that a majority of Democrats and Independents (52%) are concerned about the environment and climate change.
“It’s clear that the political landscape is changing,” said Anderson.
“For the first time in a decade, there is less support for a pathway to global climate action, and more support for actions that address climate change.”
The Pew survey also finds that more Republicans than Democrats believe the U.S. needs to act more aggressively to fight global warming.
While 54% of Republicans said the U,S.
should be more aggressive in dealing with global warming, just 26% of Democrats said it should be less aggressive.
More Republicans than Democratic voters believe that the U.,S.
has a responsibility to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, though that view is down from 46% in 2018.
However among Democrats, just 31% of those who said they would vote for Hillary Clinton support more aggressive action on climate change, compared, in 2020, with 33% of that group.
Among Independants, 47% said the government should be involved more in addressing climate change while 45% said it shouldn’t.
The poll found that support for environmental policies has also shifted.
While 72% of Independently registered voters said they believed the U is responsible for protecting the environment, just 20% of Democratic voters said the same.
“Overall, the shift from supporting more aggressive climate action to a more skeptical view is a fairly large one,” said Paul Taylor, a professor of political science at Rice University.
“But it is still significant given that the country as a whole is moving toward a more supportive climate stance.”