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Trump’s white evangelical approval slips, Pew finds, but 82 percent still likely to vote for him

Jul 1, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

As cases of the novel coronavirus rise and protests have erupted over racial injustice across the nation, President Trump’s approval rating has dropped among his base of white evangelicals, though the vast majority still plan to vote for him, a new survey shows.

White evangelicals remain the religious group most supportive of the president, with 72 percent saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. That is a decline of seven percentage points from March, when Trump saw his highest level of support from the group since his election, the survey showed.

If the election were held today, 82 percent of white evangelicals said they would vote for Trump or lean toward voting for him, while 17 percent would support Democrat Joe Biden, according to the Pew survey.

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