Help for Trump slips amongst white evangelicals

Help for Trump slips amongst white evangelicals

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Support for Donald Trump has declined in one of his key supporter groups – the white evangelicals – although most still say they would vote for him.

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the approval of white Protestant Protestants fell by 6 percentage points from 78% to 72% between April and June.

This reflects a decrease of 5 points over adults in the United States over the same period.

White evangelicals who say they approve of Trump's performance "very strongly" have dropped 8 points, from 67% in April to 59% now.

Still, the vast majority (82%) of white Protestant Protestants said they would vote for Trump or would tend to vote for Trump if the 2020 presidential election took place today.

Only 17% said they would vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, with half (49%) saying he would make a "terrible" president and a quarter (26%) believed he would be a "poor" president .

However, biden is also not an attractive option for white non-evangelicals. Only one in five (19%) say they support him. Only a fifth of white Catholics (21%) said they would vote for him.

This is in stark contrast to the 83% of black Protestants and 74% of Hispanic Catholics who said they disapprove of Trump. The vast majority of black Protestants (88%) said they would vote for Biden.

Only 8% of black Protestant voters said they would vote for Trump if there were elections today, and over half (54%) said Biden would make a good president.

Among the non-religious Americans, three quarters (74%) said they disapprove of Trump and over half (56%) said he was a terrible president.

Still, less than a third of the "nones" (27%) said Biden would be a good or great president, while 39% said he was average and a third said he was doing a bad or terrible job.

The latest poll results come from weeks of unrest in the United States over racial injustice and dissatisfaction with Trump's response to the coronavirus crisis, which killed 129,000 Americans.

"Amid increasing coronavirus cases and widespread protests against racial injustices, President Donald Trump's approval ratings for a variety of religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants, have declined – despite the continued strong support," said Pew.

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