"'Don't Demonize My Blackness,' Black Lives Matter Protest in Rome" by Alessandra Notaro / CC BY-SA 4.0

Surveys suggest protests, not pandemic, have lost Trump white evangelical support

Jun 24, 2020

By Ryan Burge

The last few months have not been good for President Donald Trump. His administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been criticized for being too slow to meet the rising number of cases. Then, in just the last few weeks, the killings of a number of Black Americans by police and white vigilantes have led to the largest nationwide protest movement since the height of the Vietnam War.

Against that backdrop, Trump is seeking reelection against the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. In times like these, politicians look for firewalls to minimize their losses.

Data for Progress has been fielding a weekly tracking poll beginning April 14, asking Americans who they planned to vote for in the 2020 presidential election. Clearly, Trump’s support has declined while Biden’s lead, about 5 percentage points in both April and May, jumped to nearly 14 percentage points in June.

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