White Evangelicals See Trump As ‘Honest’ And ‘Morally Upstanding’

25 June 2020

Supporters pray as President Trump speaks during an “Evangelicals for Trump” campaign event held at the King Jesus International Ministry on 3 January 2020 in Miami. (Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images)

Close to two-thirds of white evangelicals say that President Trump is “honest” and “morally upstanding”.

NPR reports:

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.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. These people are unimportant. There will always be either greedy or willfully ignorant people and I’m tired of having them explained to us. They alone will not win him a second term. If he should win it will be due to the corruption within the criminally gerrymandered red states that could technically give him the electoral votes like it did 2016. I say criminal because it’s voter suppression. That is illegal.

  2. The oldest saying in politics is you can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Turns out evangelicals are all members of the first category.

  3. For a start Jesus would have been middle eastern and brown, secondly it is important that the world educates its citizens…Trump is a awful liar, it is up to all of us to understand this so called President is a narcissistic, mentally deranged, very dangerous, misogynistic, subhuman who in all probability does not even know who or what it is to be a Christian AND those that think he is the bee knees are lurking in the same ignorant cage.

    • Ty for that thoughtful analysis! You really can fool some of the people all the time! (Especially like you said when they are willfully ignorant. They WANT TO BELIEVE!)

    • If there was a jesus that is. We all know that the likelihood of a jesus is about as likely as the tooth fairy being real.

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