Political Scientist: Donald Trump Does Not Have Support of Most Evangelical Voters

(PHOTO: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG) Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio and rival candidate Donald Trump (R) speak simultaneously at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio and rival candidate Donald Trump (R) speak simultaneously at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016.

Donald Trump does not have a the support of most evangelical voters. It’s a myth that falls flat on its face when one looks at Super Tuesday exit polls in the Southern states, a political scientist concluded.

Trump’s message is clear, wrote Charles Krauthammer, a Washington Post columnist, describing the Republican presidential frontrunner and billionaire businessman thus: “I may not be one of you. I can’t recite or even correctly cite Scripture. But I will patrol the borders of Christendom on your behalf. After all, who do you want out there — a choir boy or a tough guy with a loaded gun and a kick-ass demeanor?”

Krauthammer then goes on to conclude, “Evangelicals answered resoundingly. They went for Trump in a rout.”

However, Darren Patrick Guerra, an associate professor of Political Science at Biola University, counters this proposition, using exit polls.

Trump may have carried a plurality of evangelical voters in some states, but polls also show that, on average, 64 percent of evangelicals in all southern states voted for someone other than Trump, Guerra points out in an article in First Things, adding that a majority, 51 percent, voted collectively for either Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida or Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas, and not Trump.

We must note, he continues, that we’re only talking about Republican primaries, while many evangelicals are also Democrats or Independents.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Saturday, Rubio said, “If you had told me a year ago that the front-runner at this stage in the Republican campaign would be a supporter of Planned Parenthood, who says he doesn’t stand with Israel, who has a long record of supporting government-sponsored health care, I would say, on what planet would that be the Republican front-runner? But it’s happened. And I think we have to ask ourselves why we allowed that to happen.”

In the exit polls after Super Tuesday, voters in all the southern states, except Oklahoma, were asked, “How much does it matter to you that a candidate shares your religious beliefs?”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar