The belief that President Donald Trump, as well as presidents in general, were “anointed by God” has increased considerably among church attendees, according to a recent report.
Among white Protestants who attended church once a week or more, belief that Trump was anointed by God had increased from 29.6% last year to 49.5% this year, according to a report titled “Trump the Anointed?” that was published by Religion in Public.
Researchers Paul A. Djupe of Denison University and Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University compared survey data from May 2019 among white Protestants to a survey they conducted in March of this year.
Belief in overall presidential anointment had increased among white Protestants regardless of how often they attended church services.
For example, in 2019, 4.3% of white Protestants who seldom attend worship said they believed in presidential anointment; by March 2020, the percentage increased to 11%.
In 2019, 13.6% of white Protestants who attended worship a few times a month believed that Trump specifically was anointed; by March, it jumped to 31.2%.
“It is also clear that there remains a gap in believing that all presidents are anointed versus whether Trump was, though it is now much smaller,” reported Djupe and Burge.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski