President Donald Trump has been gaining support among Latino Christian voters, many of whom are pro-life, according to a new survey from Claremont McKenna College.
Described as the “largest Latino religion and politics survey in this election season,” it found that Trump’s support among U.S. Latinos is up 4 percent, the Church Militant reports.
Evangelical Christian Latinos in particular support Trump (48 percent) over pro-abortion Democrat Joe Biden (46 percent), according to the report. Meanwhile, Catholic Latinos favor Biden (67 percent) to Trump (25 percent), the survey found.
While the participants identified the economy, racial issues and COVID-19 as their top voting issues, the report noted that a strong majority are pro-life, with just 28 percent saying abortions should be “generally available.”
Gastón Espinosa, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, said the poll is a good sign for Trump.
“Based on Trump’s favorability rating, the fact that conservatives under-report, and that a high percentage of independent and undecided voters nationwide are born-again Christians, Trump may end up taking 31—34% of the U.S. Latino vote — though probably around 32–33%,” he said.
In September, a Hill-HarrisX poll found a similar trend among Hispanic and black voters. According to the poll, support for Trump among black voters rose 9 percent in August while support among Hispanic voters grew 2 percent.
Given that Hispanics tend to be strongly pro-life, the shift is not surprising. Trump developed a strong pro-life record during his first term.
Trump took multiple actions to end taxpayer funding to the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, and to stop taxpayer funding of scientific research that uses aborted baby body parts.
The Trump administration has pushed back against global abortion advocacy at the United Nations and introduced rules to protect and expand religious freedom for pro-life individuals and employers. He also appointed nearly 200 conservative judges to the federal courts.
His administration defunded a United Nations agency connected to China’s oppressive population control measures and sanctioned several Chinese Communist Party leaders after reports of forced abortions and other human rights abuses broke this summer.
In contrast, Biden has promised to reverse all Trump’s life-saving actions, if elected. He said he would expand abortion on demand by codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law and reinstate rules to force nuns and other religious employers to fund birth control that may cause abortions.
Biden also said he would force taxpayers to fund elective abortions by ending the Hyde Amendment. If he succeeds, an estimated 60,000 more unborn babies could be killed in abortions annually, their deaths paid for by U.S. taxpayers.