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Biden and Trump seem to be polar opposites. How do the candidates and their supporters feel about the most important issues of the day?

From Catholic News Agency. A new study examining some of the most contentious issues being considered by the electorate ahead of the 2024 U.S. presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump has found that voters remain highly divided on hot-button issues such as abortion, gender, the role of the family in society, and immigration.

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Here are the topics covered in the June 6 Pew study, which polled some 8,000 registered voters, including top lines of what the researchers found as well as Catholic angles as they relate to several of the applicable topics. …

Family

Trump supporters were roughly three times as likely as Biden supporters to say society is better if people prioritize marriage and family. Nearly half of Trump supporters overall — 56% of men and 37% of women — say it is bad for society that people are having fewer children. …

Abortion

Broken down, about 9 in 10 Biden supporters (88%) say abortion should be legal in most (46%) or all (42%) cases. Just 11% of Biden supporters say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, has made the expansion of abortion a cornerstone of his presidency. …

Gender and sexuality

Nine in 10 Trump supporters and about 4 in 10 Biden supporters say sex at birth determines if someone is a man or a woman, the report says. About 6 in 10 Biden supporters say a person’s gender can be different from their sex at birth, something only 9% of Trump supporters say.

Biden supporters are more than three times as likely as Trump supporters to say they are comfortable with the use of “they/them” pronouns. …

Religion in society

Of Trump supporters, 36% say the Bible should have “a great deal” of influence on government policy, while 53% of Biden supporters say it should have no influence. Another 22% of Trump backers would like the federal government to declare Christianity the official religion of the U.S., while just 6% of Biden backers say this.

Fifty-nine percent of Trump supporters say that the federal government should not declare Christianity the official religion but it should promote Christian moral values — 34% of Biden supporters say the same. …

Criminal justice and gun control

Trump supporters (81%) are about twice as likely as Biden supporters (40%) to say the criminal justice system is not tough enough on criminals; older voters are also more likely to say this overall.

Roughly 8 in 10 Biden supporters (83%) say the increase in guns in the U.S. is at least somewhat bad for society and those voters prioritize gun control by wide margins. Relatively few Trump supporters (21%) view the growing number of guns negatively; more say it is a good thing for society (40%) or neither bad nor good (38%). …

Race and diversity

Among registered voters, 8 in 10 Biden supporters say that white people benefit at least a fair amount from advantages in society that Black people do not have. By contrast, only 22% of Trump supporters say this.

Most Biden supporters (79%) say the historical practice of slavery in the U.S. continues to have at least a fair amount of impact. Among Trump supporters, a far smaller share (27%) say slavery’s legacy continues to affect Black people in the U.S. …

Immigration

Roughly 6 in 10 Trump supporters (63%) say there should be a national effort to deport undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S., while just 11% of Biden supporters hold this view. …

Areas of agreement

Despite shining a light on myriad differences in opinion between Trump and Biden voters, the poll also found that both cohorts mostly support the discussion of “America’s historical successes, as well as its flaws.”

To that end, nearly identical shares of Biden (74%) and Trump supporters (71%) say it is extremely or very important to “have public discussions about the country’s historical successes and strengths,” while 78% of Biden supporters and 60% of Trump supporters say it is at least very important to “have public discussions about the country’s failures and flaws.” …

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(Excerpt from Catholic News Agency. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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RON
June 17, 2024

I DON’T SEE HOW A PERSON CAN BE A DEMOCRAT AND CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS. EVERYTHNG THE DEMOCRATS STAND FOR IS UNGODLY AND STRONGLY PRHIBITED IN THE BIBLE. HOMOSEXUALITY, GAY MARRIAGE, OPEN BORDERS, SOFT ON CRIME, USING THE GOVERNMENT TO PROSICUTE INNOCENT PEOPLE. A 180 DEGREE VIEW FROM CONSERVITIVE VIEW. I’M SICK AND TIRED OF CHRISTIAN ORGNIZATIONS ACCEPTING THE LIES AND ACTIONS OF THE IGNORANT MEDIA CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, PBR, NBC. YOU DO NOT GET THE TRUTH ON THESE CHANNELS YOU GET THEIR DISTORTED VEIW. OUR CHRISTIAN LEADERS SHOULD BOLDLY BE CALLING THEM OUT ON THEIR LIES. ARE THEY AFRAID OF LOOSING THEIR 501 C STATUS OR WHAT? IT’S TIME STOP THIS PASSIVE ATTIUDE AND START PROCALIMING THE TRUTH. ALL THROUGH THE BIBLE ALL THE PATRIARCHS WERE CALLED TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE THEY GOT SOMETHING. TAKE THE “GIVE ME LIBERTY FOR GIVE ME DEATH” ATTITUDE……GET ON THE TRAIN OR GET OFF MOVE TO GAZA……..

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Liz
June 16, 2024

The article is about differences in Republican and Democratic voters but does not address the concerns of Republicans who need to have their concerns addressed before they can support Donald Trump. Among their concerns:

1) Donald Trump needs to have a clearly defined platform. As most remember, he didn’t tell his supporters what his position was on abortion until after he got the Republican nomination, and his position took many by surprise. He needs to clearly state what he intends to do in Ukraine (vague promises will not do), what he intends to do with the economy (his suggestions about tariffs reveal a significant shift in his thinking. He is unpredictable and this is a concern.), if or how he intends to build up our military (our military declined under his policies during his previous administration), his position on international diplomacy around the world (what is he going to do about the military confrontations in the Phillipians, for example), what he will do about Social Security, etc.
2)He needs to say who he intends to appoint to what positions because as most know during his last term, he started with knowledgeable appointees but chewed through one person after another and ended with yes people who didn’t have the expertise to fill certain positions.
3)He needs to clearly say that he will respect National Security and will not use the knowledge to booster his ego.
4)He needs to clearly admit he lost the 2020 election. People want to know that they can count on a leader who is firmly grounded in reality.

If Donald Trump addresses these reasonable concerns (every politician to date has had a clearly defined platform), he will gain more support among Republicans.

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Michael and Ellie Briney
June 16, 2024

Voters who really care about their relationship with Jesus Christ will consistently vote along the lines that express the values that are taught in the Word of God. What about you? Do you really believe that the Bible is the Word of God from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21? If you do, then there should be no question about how you should vote.

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    bobhuseby
    June 16, 2024

    Right on you guys !! Very well summarized and am praying with you for America. In our savior Jesus name Hallelujah!!

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