Poll Finds Most White Evangelicals Will Support Donald Trump Regardless of His Personal Conduct

Evangelical supporters of Donald Trump praying at a rally in Florida in this undated photo. | (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Impeachment proceedings haven’t diminished white evangelical support for President Donald Trump. Most white evangelicals say Trump’s personal conduct makes no difference in, or increases, their support for him, a new poll shows.

The Public Religion Research Institute released its 10th annual American Values Survey — the organization’s flagship research report — on Monday at a rollout event held at the progressive-leaning policy think tank Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

The data is based on interviews with 2,527 Americans taken in two different waves conducted between the end of August and mid-October to take into account the announcement of a House impeachment inquiry initiated against Trump on Sept. 24 based on accusations he pressured foreign leaders to advance his personal and political interests.

Included in the sample are 343 white evangelical Protestant respondents.

“I think that the data here shows that [Trump’s] support among evangelicals is not just rock-solid, it is growing if you look at several years PRRI data here,” PRRI Board Chair Melissa Deckman, professor of public affairs at Washington College in Maryland, said during the panel discussion at the rollout event.

“Although this wasn’t broken down among religious tradition, I thought one of the most telling figures in the analysis was that 94 percent of Republicans believe that their party is trying to protect the American way of life from outside influence. I think evangelicals continue to back Donald Trump because they view him as their champion. He has delivered on many policies that other Republican presidents haven’t.”

The research found that while only 39 percent of respondents said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, over three-quarters of white evangelicals surveyed (77 percent) say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president.

In addition, 50 percent of white evangelical respondents indicated that they “strongly approve” of the job Trump is doing while 53 percent of all respondents said they strongly disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

By comparison, 54 percent of white mainline Protestants said they approve of Trump’s job approval, with only 27 percent of white mainline Protestants said they “strongly approve.”

White Catholics were more evenly divided, with 50 percent saying they disapprove of the job Trump is doing and 48 percent saying they approve.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith