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Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive

Mar 19, 2019

BY PHILIP SCHWADEL AND GREGORY A. SMITH

More than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, white evangelical Protestants in the United States continue to overwhelmingly support him, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. Other religious groups, however, are more divided in their views of the president.

Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (69%) say they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, according to the Center’s latest polling in January 2019. This is somewhat lower than Trump’s approval rating in the earliest days of his tenure – when about eight-in-ten white evangelicals (78%) approved of his job performance – but is in line with most polls conducted by the Center since the inauguration.

White evangelicals’ support for the president has been consistently high, and many prominent evangelical leaders, such as Jerry Falwell Jr. – the president of Liberty University – have steadfastly stood with the president.

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  • Dictionary.

    evangelical, or charlatan
    noun
    noun: charlatan; plural noun: charlatans
    a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.
    “a self-confessed con artist and charlatan”

    synonyms:
    quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheat, deceiver, dissembler, double-dealer, double-crosser, trickster, confidence trickster, cheater, swindler, fraudster, racketeer;


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    Michael 100 says:

    The phenomenon of evangelical support of Trump – in my opinion the polar opposite of what Christians claim to be – just shows the power of organization.  Trump may seem (“seems Madam? Nay, it is!”) like a lecherous liar and cheat (I could go on and on) to the rest of us, but to the evangelical community, he is giving them what they want – namely judges and justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, who will uphold their right to have any kind of gun they want, who will roll back the voting rights of minorities, and will support their right to express all sorts of bigotry under the guise of “religious freedom.”  In other words, Trump is giving the Christians exactly what they want so they are willing to overlook what the rest of us feel are inexcusable failings – they just don’t care.  In my opinion those who claim to be evangelical, simply use Christianity as a vehicle to validate their prejudices – they are not nice people.    

    The evangelicals are a minority, albeit a large one, but in the 2016 election they voted as a block and were strong enough to be a factor to cause the electoral college vote to fall to Trump.  One of the first thing I learned when I began to pay attention to political science, is that you don’t need a majority to win an election – you just need a majority of those who vote.  It’s an important distinction, and why organization is so important.  It used to be that labor unions and big city political machines could deliver large blocks of votes, but that role has been replaced in recent years by, what I like to call, for-profit churches (see, Kevin Kruse’s book One Nation Under God).  Elsewhere on this site this morning I was led to an editorial by Tom Flynn which talks about the rise of the “nones”, and the generational differences between those older than 45 or so and those born after the baby boom era.  Even though the younger “nones” may be more difficult to organize, the thing that give me some hope is that as the “nones” become more numerous, the organizational power of the churches will continue to diminish.  As Steven Pinker pointed out in his book, sometimes progress is made funeral by funeral.


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