Contrary to pollsters’ expectations, a majority of Catholic voters cast ballots for Donald Trump in the US presidential election, according to exit polls cited by the New York Times.

Trump won the Catholic vote by a margin of 52 to 45%, the polls showed. Most surveys before the election had shown Hillary Clinton winning more Catholic votes.

Protestants gave Trump a larger edge, opting for the Republican candidate by 58- 39%, and Evangelical or “born-again” Christians were overwhelmingly (81- 16%) in favor of Trump.

Voters who identified with no religious institution broke decisively for Clinton, 68- 26%.