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War of words with pope no issue for Trump backers: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at his New York presidential primary night rally in New YorkBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) – Support for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump among his party’s church-going Catholics has risen since Pope Francis suggested the U.S. businessman was not a real Christian, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it. The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,117 church-going Catholic Republicans had a credibility interval of 4.8 percentage points.

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