Poll: White evangelicals overwhelmingly back Trump over Clinton
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White evangelical voters overwhelmingly back Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat O'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms 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 ClintonLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate Progressive Democrats' turnout plans simply don't add up 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.