25 June 2020
Close to two-thirds of white evangelicals say that President Trump is “honest” and “morally upstanding”.
White evangelicals in the United States, the core of President Donald Trump’s political base, have far more positive views of his personal conduct and character than other U.S. adults.
By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, white evangelicals are more likely than other Americans to say the terms “morally upstanding” and “honest” describe Trump at least “fairly well,” according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
The evangelical assessment does come with some reservations. Only about 15% of white evangelicals, for example, say “morally upstanding” describes Trump “very well,” while another 45% say the term applies to Trump “fairly well.” Two-thirds of U.S. adults as a whole say that characterization fits him “not too well” or “not at all well.”
As NPR noted in its analysis of the poll, the high marks among the religious group could have some other motivations:
One explanation for white evangelicals’ attachment to Trump is that they see him as a political ally,” the report noted. “The Pew survey found that 63% of white evangelical Protestants believe their side has been ‘winning politically’ under the Trump presidency. That’s a dramatic turnaround from 2016, when less than one in four white evangelicals saw themselves as on the winning side.
White evangelical Protestants are not alone in their admiration of Trump, the survey found.
For example, roughly two-thirds of white Catholics say the phrase “fights for what I believe in” describes Trump very well or fairly well, and 68% of white Catholics say “intelligent” is a fairly or very good descriptor of Trump. Similar shares of white Protestants who are not born-again or evangelical Christians say the same. And more than half of people in both groups say they agree with Trump on many, nearly all or all of the important issues facing the country.
— Pew Research Religion (@PewReligion) March 12, 2020
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