New Poll: Trump up 13 Points with Catholics

The faithful may be seeing the light on the Clinton campaign efforts to manipulate them

by Elisa Cipollone | Updated 02 Nov 2016 at 11:32 AM

It seems referring to the Catholic Church as a “Middle Ages dictatorship” and religious Americans as “backwards” might just cost you in the polls.

Donald Trump is up 13 points against Hillary Clinton among American Catholics, according to a new IBD/TIPP Presidential Election Tracking Poll out Nov. 2. The same poll reports that Trump is up 22 points with American Protestants.

“There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.”

This stunning new poll is a dramatic change from numbers reported earlier, particularly before the Clinton campaign’s disparaging emails about Catholics were leaked.

In the now infamous “Catholic Spring” emails, Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, wrote to John Podesta concerning the tenets of the Catholic faith and how to convince this often socially conservative voting bloc to come out for Clinton.

The email was entitled, “Opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing,” and Newman didn’t hold back.

“There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church,” wrote Newman.

"Even if the idea isn't crazy, I don't qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would 'plant the seeds of the revolution,' or who would plant them," continued the email.

In another revelation that emerged in August from WikiLeaks, George Soros donated $650,000 for initiatives that coaxed faith-based organizations and Catholic bishops to shift the focus from socially conservative issues such as life for unborn children and traditional marriage. The donation came in conjunction with the papal visit to the United States.

Related: Soros Tried to Influence Catholics

That attempt to manipulate Catholic voters encouraged "individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the pope," read the report on the effectiveness of this initiative.

Through these very clear attempts to manipulate the tenets of a 2,000-year-old religion, the polls have begun to reflect that Catholics are tired of Clinton campaign corruption.

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