President Trump’s Support Among White Evangelicals Has Fallen 9% Since He Took Office

A smiling President Trump stands ready to address Congress during the State of the Union in 2018. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald Trump’s support among white evangelicals has dropped nearly 10 percentage points since taking office in January 2017, according to new data from the Pew Research Center released Monday.

Roughly seven-in-10 white evangelical Protestants, or 69 percent, approve of the way Trump is handling the job, according to Pew’s latest polling from January. This is down from 78 percent who approved of him shortly after he took office.

Trump has been a divisive figure within the evangelical community, with some prominent evangelicals — like Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University — staunchly defending Trump and his policies.

Others, like founder of Living Proof Ministries Beth Moore, who has a large following of mostly female evangelicals, openly oppose Trump. And some leaders, like Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback megachurch in Orange County, California, which serves more than 20,000 congregants on a weekly basis, have expressed mixed feelings about Trump.

Warren’s attitudes reflect that of many evangelicals: According to an August 2018 survey, half of white evangelicals “do not think Trump has set a high moral standard for the presidency since taking office,” according to Pew.

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Source: USA Today