On another blog I made a comment that 80% of evangelicals reportedly supported Trump. Another commenter seemed doubtful of the stat, even though most of those commenting on that “evangelical” blog were expressing support for Trump (albeit as more of a vote against Clinton than a vote for Trump).
The figure of 80% came from a radio story I heard about a week ago. Since then I’ve found the following stats reported.
[Trump’s] popularity among white evangelical Republicans has grown significantly, and now the group is one of his strongest bases of support. According to a June survey by the Pew Research Center, 94 percent of them would vote for Trump over Clinton in November.
…white evangelical Protestants show no statistically significant change in their willingness to vote for Trump, with 65 percent of them in his camp.
Yet this year in July, 78 percent of white evangelicals said they would vote for Donald Trump, a man who has repeatedly shifted his stance on abortion as it’s convenient.*
Nearly two-thirds of likely evangelical voters, 65 percent, said they support Trump in a nationwide survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute — this after the airing of an 11-year-old video in which he was recorded lewdly bragging about having made sexually inappropriate advances to married women.
Many Americans are surprised by evangelicals’ support for Donald Trump, who has the backing of as many as 71 percent of white evangelical Protestants in his bid for the presidency, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
More than three-quarters of self-identified white evangelicals plan to vote for Donald Trump in the fall (78%).
Also listen here (statistic regarding evangelical support at 2 min 30 second mark):
* My emphasis, because the issue of abortion and Trump’s assertion that he’ll appoint anti-abortion judges, is the foundation of a lot of “evangelical” support. To me this highlights the lack of wisdom behind single issue politics. It makes it so much easier to deceive, requiring the making of only one promise about one issue to guarantee support, but as we constantly see with politicians they easily break promises after the desired result has been achieved.