A plurality of evangelical Christian voters does not believe that President Donald Trump is “religious” and is in agreement with over half of all registered American voters despite the president’s attempts to appeal to people of faith, a new survey suggests.
Following Trump’s controversial photo session at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington, D.C., early this month, 1,992 registered voters were surveyed between June 6 and 7 about their thoughts on the president’s spirituality for a poll released by Politico and Morning Consult.
“Even after nearly 3 in 4 voters saw coverage of President Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church last week, only about 1 in 4 believe he’s religious,” Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair told Politico.
According to the survey, only 27% of registered voters agreed with the statement that “Trump is religious.” About 10% “strongly agree” and 17% “somewhat agree.” Meanwhile, 16% “somewhat disagree” and 41% “strongly disagree.”
Almost two in 10 respondents (18%) said that they “don’t know.”
When broken down by religious affiliation, just over one-third of Christians agree that the president as religious, while half of Christians said they do not agree that the president is religious.
About 40% of self-identified evangelicals said they agreed with the statement that Trump “is religious,” with 16% saying they strongly agree and 24% saying they somewhat agree. A total of 43% of evangelicals said they disagreed (29% strongly disagreed) with the statement that “Trump is religious.”
Among all Christian respondents, 34% agreed with the statement (22% somewhat agreed), while 50% of Christians surveyed disagreed in some form with the statement (35% strongly disagreed).
While 23% of all religious non-Protestant or Catholics surveyed agreed with the statement, 62% disagreed with the notion that the president is religious.
Conservative respondents were the most likely to agree that Trump is religious (55%). About 31% of conservatives disagreed with the statement. Meanwhile, among liberals, 9% agreed and 79% disagreed with the statement.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith