The death of American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has once again brought to center stage the values division in American society over abortion. In 2016, 52% of American Catholics voted for Donald Trump while 42% supported Hillary Clinton.
In June, 2020, a Pew poll taken after President Trump’s controversial visit to the John Paul II Shrine, found that 31% approved of him, down from 40% in April. President Trump is well aware of the importance of Catholic support and actually values it more than evangelical support.
Indeed, only once since 1972 has a majority of Catholics not voted for the winner of the presidential popular vote…and that was in 2016! And so, President Trump believes that he can regain Catholic support by naming a Supreme Court judge likely to be unfriendly to Roe v Wade.