Poll: White evangelicals overwhelmingly back Trump over Clinton
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White evangelical voters overwhelmingly back Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list 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.