Gretchen's Take

Gretchen's Take: Will dialogue with Pope help or hurt Trump?

Many Americans believe Pope Francis should stick to religion and stay out of politics

 

Will the dialogue between the Pope and Donald Trump help or hurt the presidential candidate? Monmouth University polls have delved deep into the religion issue -- specifically looking into religious support for Donald Trump in the last few months and also views on the Pope preaching politics.

In a recent poll asking if the pope should stay out of politics, nearly half of Catholic Republicans were polled.

48-percent said the pope should keep his views on immigration to himself.

In the same poll, a whopping 76-percent of Catholic Republicans said they favored building a wall across the Mexican border, and 61-percent of those Catholic Republicans approved of trump's immigration plan.

Yes those polls were before the recent exchange of comments -- but based on those numbers, one could assume any kind of dust up with the Pope on immigration will turn out to be a good -- not a bad thing -- for Trump. In addition, many American’s believe the Pope should stick to separation of church and state -- and stay out of politics.