A new Gallup poll shows that Donald Trump’s level of support among evangelical Republicans is not as high as previously reported.
“A better view of Trump’s image among this group comes from our Gallup data in which Republicans are asked about their views of each candidate individually. This provides a more comprehensive view of the candidates.”
“The results show that Trump does not, in fact, receive high levels of support from highly religious Republicans. His net favorable rating is 12th in the list of 17 GOP candidates among highly religious Republicans. Ben Carson is the clear leader among the highly religious group.”
“Another interesting aspect of the relationship between religion and the candidates’ images comes when we look at Protestant and Catholic Republicans. During this Aug. 1-Sept. 8 time period, 60% of the Republicans we interviewed were Protestant, about 10 points more than the overall national adult population. Twenty-three percent were Catholic, about the national average. The bigger representation of Protestants balances out the smaller group who have no formal religious identity, which is significantly lower among Republicans than the national average. This confirms the fundamental fact of life that religiosity is one of the defining characteristics of Republicans in the U.S. today.”