In this year’s presidential contest, Francois Fillon continues to hold a formidable lead among French voters who are practicing Catholics, a new survey shows.
The poll by the weekly Famille Chrétienne found that 49% of
the voters identified as practicing Catholic now plan to vote for Fillon
in the preliminary ballot in April.
If, as expected, Fillon faces
Marine Le Pen in the final run-off, an overwhelming 71% of practicing
Catholics will support him.
Fillon also holds a distinct edge among Catholic voters who do not
regularly practice their faith.
The survey found that 30% of the voters
in that category would favor him in the first round of voting, and 63%
in a final contest against Le Pen.