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Evangelicals Remain Loyal to Trump, but Competitors See an Opportunity to Challenge

  • Posted on April 20, 2023
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According to interviews with evangelical leaders by Reuters and various opinion polls, a considerable portion of conservative Christian voters continues to pledge their loyalty to former President Donald Trump. However, there is still a chance for an opponent to diminish some of this support.


The support of evangelical voters is critical for triumphing in the Iowa caucus, which will hold the initial presidential nomination contest for the 2024 election in the coming year, as well as other Republican states that vote early, including South Carolina.

Trump keeps edge among evangelicals attribute the reversal of the constitutional protections for abortion in Roe v (Credit: Reuters)

The consequences are significant. If a challenger garners robust evangelical support at the outset of the Republican primary, it could present an opportunity to deal a blow to Trump, the current front-runner for the nomination, and hinder his progress.

 

Despite Trump's two divorces and ongoing legal issues related to allegations of paying hush money to a porn star, he has managed to retain the support of evangelicals. They attribute his successes in enacting conservative policies, including the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn federal abortion protections, as reasons for their continued loyalty.

 

Jeffress remarked that many individuals are not familiar with DeSantis, and he has not recently taken any actions that would influence evangelical voters.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Associated Press)

Edison Research exit polls show that Trump secured 76% of the white evangelical vote in the 2020 election, a slight decrease from the 80% he received in 2016. A November 2020 Reuters/Ipsos survey revealed that roughly one-third of American adults identify as evangelical or born-again Christians.

 

Interviews with evangelical leaders and opinion polls indicate that there is presently an opportunity for another candidate, such as Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida and Trump's main competitor, to attract some of the evangelical votes that have been previously cast for the former president.

 

Indicators suggest that there may be a limited window for those voters to unite in support of Trump.

 

Earlier this year, Pastor Robert Jeffress, a significant evangelical leader who oversees a 14,000-member congregation in Dallas, expressed uncertainty about his support for a Republican candidate in the 2024 election. However, Jeffress informed Reuters this week that he is now firmly backing Trump. He expressed his lack of enthusiasm for Ron DeSantis, who has not yet announced his presidential candidacy, describing him as "uninspiring."

 

Jeffress remarked that many individuals are not familiar with DeSantis, and he has not recently taken any actions that would influence evangelical voters.

 

According to Monmouth University's nationwide survey, Trump appears to be gaining traction with evangelicals. In a poll conducted in March, Trump received 51% of the evangelical vote in a two-way race against DeSantis, who obtained 42%. This represents a nine-point surge for Trump compared to the previous month.

 

The results of a Des Moines Register survey of Iowa voters conducted in March also underscored the continued support for Trump among evangelicals. Among this group, 58% expressed a favorable view of the former president, while 39% had an unfavorable opinion, and 3% were unsure.

 

Bill Bolin, an evangelical pastor in Howell, Michigan, who garnered attention in 2020 for refusing to close his church to comply with state health regulations during the pandemic's onset, claimed that his congregation is divided on the path forward. He stated that "a lot of people" are hopeful that Trump will lead the way, while others are hoping for a different candidate. Currently, he believes that the congregation is split.

 

Despite Trump's two divorces and ongoing legal issues related to allegations of paying hush money to a porn star, he has managed to retain the support of evangelicals
Evangelicals and Trump

Evangelicals attribute the reversal of the constitutional protections for abortion in Roe v. Wade to Trump's appointment of Supreme Court justices and his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. However, religious leaders who spoke with Reuters claimed that since abortion is no longer a pressing federal issue, the concerns of evangelicals are now largely related to transgender athletes and gender identity.

 

Jeffress asserted that these issues would be the primary motivator for evangelicals to participate in large numbers at the polls.

 

A representative for DeSantis chose not to comment, and despite attempts to reach out for comment, a spokesperson for Trump did not respond.

 

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