Report: White evangelicals remain firmly behind President Donald Trump

Protestants in particular are behind Trump; other groups mixed.

Fred Bodimer
March 29, 2019 - 1:35 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A new analysis takes a look at America's faith groups and their support  -- or lack of it -- for President Trump. 
 
The Pew Research Center has analyzed polling data of American religious support for the President -- and found white evangelical Protestants continue to overwhelmingly back President Trump while other groups are more divided in their views of him. 

"We've conducted eleven surveys since President Trump was inaugurated and what the survey shows is that white evangelical Protestants remain firmly in the President's corner," said Greg Smith, 
an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center.

Roughly seven in ten white Evangelicals -- or 69-percent -- say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job. That's down just a bit since his inauguration.

"But it's very much in line with most of the polling we've done since Donald Trump became President," said Smith. 
 
Other faith groups are much less approving of Mr. Trump's handling of his job. 

"Among white mainline Protestants and also among white Catholics, it's closer to a fifty fifty split," said Smith. "Half say they approve of the job President Trump is doing, the other half don't.  Among those who say they have no religion as well as among black Protestants, there's really very few people who express approval of the way the President is handling his job. Fewer than one in five black Protestants for example gives President Trump positive marks for his handling of the job."
 
There's not enough data to assess where smaller faith groups stand on this topic, but Smith says by aggregating previous recent surveys he can draw some conclusions. 

"About half of Mormons -- 52-percent -- say they approve of the way President Trump is doing his job," said Smith.  "The share of Jews and Muslims who say the same is much smaller.  Just 24-percent of Jews and 18-percent of Muslims say they think Donald Trump has done a good job as President."

According to Smith, regular churchgoers approve of the President's job performance at rates matching or exceeding less-frequent attendees. 

You can find the entire analysis on the Pew Research blog, Fact Tank.