Percentage of evangelicals supporting Trump

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.


6 thoughts on “Percentage of evangelicals supporting Trump

  1. [Evangelicalism is a club making excuses for members.]

    From my perspective, this is how we got George W. Bush as president. This guy, the Grahams [who twisted themselves to stop saying Mormonism is a cult for Romney], etc.

    At least this time around, a lot of the young people are seeing through it. For instance, there is a protest at Liberty University against their president’s endorsement of Trump.

  2. Hi, Marleen:

    Yes, I too was encouraged by the “revolt” of the students at Liberty University. Makes me hopeful more Christians in America will revolt against the deceitful politicization of Americans’ faith in Christ. And revolt against the “Christian leaders” who teach that deception.

    Agreed that George W. cynically played the “evangelical” card. But that political ploy goes back to the start of the “Religious Right” movement in 1979.

    In the presidential election the next year, the clamor was that Christians should vote for the most godly man: and Christian “leaders” essentially made it a test of our Christianity that we voted for the “conservative” candidate. The “evangelical” vote that year went massively for Ronald Reagan…and against Jimmie Carter.

    That’s the course “conservative Christian” politics has taken ever since. In those 10 presidential elections the candidate we were told to vote for to show we’re REAL Christians has always been the Republican “conservative.” Even when that candidate was a leader of a blatantly anti-Christian religion, questionably “conservative,” or a cartoon egotist.

    Even more than “revolt,” I’m hopeful some American Christians have begun to THINK critically about politics, their religious “leaders,” and their own perceptions and values.

    Blessings to all of you who make Tim’s blog that kind of venue !

  3. Hi, Steve. I was in the religious right before 1979 (over four years before), and I found the “Moral Majority” gimmicky and gouache. When I was learning “conservative” philosophy, it was not in church (and was, ostensibly, not in politics either). The environment was that we believed in God and so forth, but it wasn’t mixed up with proof that you’re a Christian. Also, the organization I was learning from pretty well got across (somewhat quietly behind the scenes) that Reagan wasn’t conservative enough. I decided he was conservative enough for me (and I wasn’t listening to anyone like Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson). I was a kid, then, so I was not privy to all the connections that weren’t obvious to the rest of the world (while I was more informed than most).

    A reason, in those days, to be against Jimmy Carter was that the Equal Rights Amendment would be terrible for women because men and women are different. Bathrooms were an issue way back then (not exactly in the same way as now, but sufficient to get people concerned). You might remember other examples; like, women shouldn’t be drafted into war. Note: all candidates for the Republican nomination this time around said they were in favor of women signing up now, as young men are required to, for armed service. Certainly, abortion was already a big deal to oppose (and this still matters to me, but allowing for reason to enter the picture). I have been heartbroken to learn so many women just take a “position” on this yet have abortions.


    “The GOP nominee has already appeared at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, which axed [emphasis added, find link to article from this article at the site] an anti-Trump piece from the student newspaper this week, and today, the candidate will appear at the other major university founded by a Virginia televangelist: Regent University, created by TV preacher Pat Roberson. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported:

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is returning to Virginia this weekend for a rally at Regent University in Virginia Beach, the strongest signal yet that his campaign has not given up on Virginia.

    “The rally at the Christian university is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, according to Trump’s official schedule.

    “It’s not clear what role, if any, Pat Robertson will play at the event, but the radical televangelist has made no secret of his support for Trump. As Right Wing Watch explained, “Robertson has emerged as one of Trump’s most stalwart defenders on the Religious Right, claiming that the business mogul is facing satanic attacks and dismissing the tape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women as simply ‘macho‘ talk.”

    “It may seem odd to think prominent evangelical leaders from a social-conservative movement would be so enthusiastic about a secular, thrice-married adulterer and casino owner who’d never really demonstrated any interest in, or knowledge of, matters of faith. But Robertson has long prioritized partisan politics over theological principles. In fact, in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, the TV preacher threw his support behind Rudy Giuliani – another secular, thrice-married adulterer.

    This link is for an article, not a video. It’s fairly informative, actually.

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