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Thursday, March 12, 2020

White evangelicals see Trump as fighting for their beliefs

Supporters of President Donald Trump pray at an Evangelicals for Trump rally in Florida. (Adam DelGiudice/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

White evangelicals see Trump as fighting for their beliefs, though many have mixed feelings about his personal conduct

A new Pew Research Center survey delves into the relationship between religion and politics, including perceptions about President Donald Trump among white evangelical Protestants, a key part of his electoral base. It finds that white evangelicals largely see Trump as fighting for their beliefs and advancing their interests, and they feel their side generally has been winning recently on political matters important to them. But when it comes to Trump’s personal qualities and conduct, many express mixed feelings. Even among this strongly supportive constituency, most do not view Trump as a very religious, honest or morally upstanding person (though many white evangelicals say he is somewhat religious, fairly honest or fairly morally upstanding). 

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