The Evangelical Christian voter, particularly white Evangelicals, threw their support, strongly, behind President Trump in 2016.
It seems counter intuitive that their support has sustained. A number of women have accused the President of sexual misconduct. A former Playboy Playmate and a former porn star have stated they had affairs with the President while he was married to his current wife.
I doubt they are all lying.
These are the kinds of things the more conservative Christians tend to … ummm … frown upon.
Unless the Evangelical Christian choice is Clinton
A close family member voted for President Trump in 2016. He told me he does not believe any Democrat can be a Christian because of the party’s pro-life stances.
Let me be clear. I’m as pro-life as you can get since I oppose abortion and the death penalty, but I think that statement is quite extreme. However, I also think deep down, quite a number of evangelicals and/or highly conservative Christians (Charismatics, some Protestants, some Catholics) feel that Democrats, liberals, or people who support abortion aren’t really Christians.
Hillary Clinton, of course, has been and is a strong proponent of choice and a woman’s right to choose.
At the end of the day, character was thrown out the window.
Evangelicals said they didn’t trust Clinton and I sure as hell hope they aren’t looking at President Trump for some sort of moral leadership.
No, the President came out strong against abortion (and immigration and the “attack” on Christianity). He said the words they wanted to hear. And he continues to say them.
Actions are louder
Evangelical Christian support, despite continued accusations of adultery, provable lies, and more, sustains. It sustains for two primary reasons:
- Neil Gorsuch
- Brett Kavanaugh
Both men are staunchly conservative and viewed as being sufficiently anti-abortion that the Evangelicals are very happy.
Many people may be scratching their heads and throwing their hands up saying the Evangelicals made a Faustian deal with the President.
The President has appointed the type of justices he promised. He’s cracking down on immigration. He’s attacking the media, whom Evangelicals feel are part of the “attack on Christianity” and he’s pushing all the right buttons.
Generally speaking, Evangelicals vote 4:1 for the Republican candidate and according to Vox, a poll in April found that 75 percent of Evangelicals had a positive view of the President.
Right at 70 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 election were cast by white voters, and 58 percent of those voted for President Trump.
Another area to think about were the voter ages. Clinton earned more votes from the under 40 age and Trump earned more votes in the over 40 age groups. Only 36 percent of all ballots cast were cast by those under the age of 40.
The typical Evangelical Christian voter skews older also.
Keep these two statistics in mind too:
- 81 percent of white Evangelical voters voted for President Trump.
- 69 percent of Evangelicals stated in a poll that they would prefer President Trump over another general Republican candidate on the 2020 ballot.
The numbers align well and the President’s base is not wavering. The reason they aren’t wavering is they see him either delivering, or honestly trying to deliver, what he promised.
His odds don’t suck.