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Are cracks showing in Trump’s support with evangelicals?

Oct 11, 2019

By Eugene Scott

Since the earliest days of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been able to rely on the support of the white evangelical community when other groups have walked away. But this week has revealed two specific incidents suggesting that the president’s grip on this group of conservative Christians might not be as airtight as we thought.

Recent polling suggests that support for the impeachment inquiry to determine if President Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors in his conversations with the president of the Ukraine is high enough, even among his core supporters, to cause the White House some real concern. Given the president’s consistent low approval with a majority of Americans, any indication that he is losing support among his base could be detrimental to his reelection plans.

According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday, 51 percent of Americans want Trump impeached and removed from office — including nearly 3 in 10 white evangelicals. The poll shows that fewer than 70 percent of white evangelicals want Trump in office. Support for Trump among this group of voters has been largely unmovable through ethics scandals, to include paying off women with whom the president allegedly had affairs, and such policies as the administration’s reductions in refugee admissions, notably those fleeing religious persecution. But the number of evangelicals who want Trump to exit the Oval Office due to concerns about his ethics is not insignificant.

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