Politico Survey: Trump’s Support Among Religious Voters Drops

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to Liberty University President Jerry Falwall, Jr. after speaking in Lynchburg, Virginia, on January 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to Liberty University President Jerry Falwall, Jr. after speaking in Lynchburg, Virginia, on January 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

In March, evangelicals approved of the job Donald Trump was doing by a margin of two to one, 63 percent to 32 percent, according to a Politico/Daily Caller survey. Five months later, the same surveyors find that the margin has shrunk by more than half, to 56-42.

It’s important to note that Politico/Daily Caller does not separate out white evangelicals, so it’s probable that a disproportionate portion of this slippage comes from Latino evangelicals. (African-Americans don’t tend to identify themselves as evangelicals.)

Nevertheless, there’s no question that Trump’s key religious base of support has shrunk.

However, the major religious shift in his approval ratings has occurred among non-evangelical Christians, Protestant and Catholic. In March, they approved of Trump’s performance 58 percent to 40 percent. Now, they disapprove of it 56 percent to 40 percent.

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SOURCE: Mark Silk  
Religion News Service