Poll: White evangelicals overwhelmingly back Trump over Clinton
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White evangelical voters overwhelmingly back Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE for president, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has 78 percent support among registered voters who identify as white evangelical Protestants, while Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE has 17 percent, a Pew Research Center survey found.


Thirty-six percent said they "strongly support" Trump, while 39 percent said they did so not strongly support him.

In contrast, in the 2012 presidential election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney had 73 percent support among white evangelicals to President Obama's 21 percent. But only 26 percent "strongly" supported Romney.

The poll found strong opposition to Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. A majority of Trump's support — and 45 percent of white evangelicals overall — said their support for Trump was mainly about opposing Clinton. 

The Pew Research Center conducted its poll of 357 white evangelical Protestant voters via cell and landline telephone interviews from June 15 to 26. It has a margin of error of 5.9 percentage points.

Clinton leads Trump by about 4 points nationwide, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.