Dems have uphill battle in appealing to religious base, says pollster

Pollster Dan Cox said in an interview that aired on Friday on Hill.TV that Democrats face an uphill battle in trying to appeal to their diverse religious base on the issue of faith. 

"This is a challenge for Democratic politicians in particular because their coalition is a really incredibly diverse religious field, whether it's Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, atheists," Cox, a polling and public opinion research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"That's a lot of different places you have to go, and for people who are unaffiliated, which is a larger part of the Democratic electorate, where do you go to find them?" he continued. 

Republican candidates appear to have a much easier time appealing to religious voters in part, he said, because the majority of their base is Christian, particularly white evangelicals. 

Eight-one percent of white evangelical voters said they voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center.

Trump continues to enjoy widespread support among white evangelicals, with 72 percent saying they have a favorable view of him. 

— Julia Manchester