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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response


President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Vice President Mike Pence speak at a White House press briefing about U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak

President Donald Trump has received high marks from white evangelical Protestants on a range of issues throughout his time in office. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has proved no different – at least in the initial phase of the crisis, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted March 10 to 16. Around three-quarters of white evangelicals (77%) say they are at least somewhat confident that Trump is doing a good job responding to the outbreak, and nearly two-thirds (64%) say Trump has assessed the risks of the situation correctly. By comparison, about half of Americans overall (52%) say Trump has underplayed the risks, including majorities who say this among the religiously unaffiliated (64%), black Protestants (67%) and Jews (73%).

When Americans think about a specific religion, here are some of the first people who come to mind

Who is the first person who comes to mind when you think of Catholicism?

If your answer contains the word “pope,” you’re in good company. More than half of U.S. adults name the pope (47%) or a specific pope (7%) when asked that question, according to a new analysis of a Pew Research Center survey that asked respondents to name the first person who comes to mind when they think about Catholicism, Buddhism, evangelical Protestantism, Islam, Judaism and atheism. For most of the groups, U.S adults are most likely to name a religious leader or historical figure from that religion – but when it comes to atheism, Americans are much less likely to name a well-known figure.

Media mentions

March 17 - CNN
March 14 - The Associated Press
March 12 - NPR

How religious institutions are responding to coronavirus

March 19 - Reuters
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March 18 - Religion News Service
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March 17 - Politico 
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March 12 - The Associated Press


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