Churchgoing Trump supporters tend to be more liberal, says polling expert

Cato Institute polling director Emily Ekins said on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE's supporters who attend church regularly tend to be more liberal than his supporters who do not, citing her research in the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.

"The more frequently Trump voters attend religious services, so if they go to church each week, they're more supportive of immigration, and they have more favorable attitudes towards African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, and Jewish people," Ekins told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." "They're more concerned about poverty," she added. 

"It turns out that people who do attend church more regularly are more open and tolerant," Ekins said. 

The study, which was released last month, showed that frequent churchgoing Trump supporters were roughly two and a half times more likely to than secular Trump voters to oppose the death penalty. 

The research also showed that 68 percent of secular Trump voters opposed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, as do 51 percent of churchgoing Trump supporters, a 17-point gap. 

Members of most religions have an unfavorable view of Trump. 

A Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) study released on Wednesday found that 59 percent of Roman Catholics view Trump unfavorably, as do 49 percent of white, mainline Protestants.

Seventy-five percent of black Protestants also expressed unfavorable views of the president, according to PRRI. 

However, Trump continues to enjoy widespread support among white evangelicals, with 72 percent saying they have a favorable view of him. 

— Julia Manchester