Pew Report Finds Many Americans Believe Trump Administration Has Helped Evangelical Christians and Hurt Muslims More Than Other Groups

Several faith leaders lay hands on President Donald Trump at an informal meeting held at the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2019. | White House/Joyce Boghosian

Many Americans believe that the Trump administration has helped evangelical Christians more than any other group, while also seeing it as having hurt Muslims more than any other group.

report by the Pew Research Center found that 43% of respondents believed that the Trump administration had helped evangelicals, versus 44% who felt there was “not much difference” and 11% who felt Trump was hurting them.

Behind evangelicals, 29% of respondents believed that the administration had helped Jews, 25% viewed it as helping Catholics, 14% said it has helped the religious unaffiliated, and 7% said it has helped Muslims.

On the opposite end, more Americans viewed the administration as having hurt Muslims than any other listed religious group, with 48% saying they believed this.

This perception presumably derives from the controversial rhetoric Trump engaged in as a candidate and his administration’s efforts to curb immigration from multiple Muslim-majority nations.

Justin Nortey of Pew wrote in the report that responses to the question of whether evangelicals had been helped by the administration “vary by respondents’ religious affiliation.”

“Among white evangelical Protestants themselves, most feel that the Trump administration has had a positive impact on their affairs. About six-in-ten (59%) say that the administration has helped evangelicals, while only 7% say it has hurt them,” wrote Nortey.

“Jews (64%) are about as likely to say the Trump administration has helped evangelical Christians, while black Protestants (21%) are least likely to say this.”

The report also found that evangelicals were more likely than Jews to believe that Jews were helped by the administration, with 57% of evangelicals saying they were helped versus 40% of Jewish respondents saying the same.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski