Trump’s Evangelical Support Plunging in New Fox News Poll
Perhaps no group of voters have been more important to Donald Trump’s political success than Evangelical Christians. Leaders of the church like Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. were early advocates for Trump and he couldn’t have captured the presidency without their support.
And while people living in the suburbs, especially women, have left the Republican party in droves, Evangelicals have stuck around. But there may be a looming crack in their support. According to a recent poll conducted by Fox News, Trump’s numbers with this group of voters is fading.
In 2016, exit polls showed that 81% of Evangelicals voted for Trump compared to just 16% for Hillary Clinton. The recent Fox poll has 66% of Evangelicals supporting Trump with 25% preferring Joe Biden.
🚨 New poll shows steep drop in support for Trump among white evangelicals >>
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— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) June 19, 2020
The Evangelical slip could be seen as a result of Trump’s handling of both COVID-19 and the George Floyd issue. After Trump spoke belligerently about Floyd protesters, he was reprimanded by Christian leader Pat Robertson.
You just don’t do that, Mr. President,” Robertson scolded. “We’re one race. And we need to love each other.”
The Fox poll also showed Trump down to Biden by a margin of 12%. This lead is up from the 8% lead the former Vice President held in last months poll.
Trump, predictably, reacted angrily to the poll. “Fox News is out with another of their phony polls, done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016,” he tweeted. “Watch what happens in November. Fox is terrible!”
.@FoxNews is out with another of their phony polls, done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016. Watch what happens in November. Fox is terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020