Conservative strategist says social scientists haven't fully defined evangelicals

Conservative strategist Lance Lemmonds told Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Friday that varying levels of church attendance pose challenges for social scientists looking to study evangelical Christians. 

"The definition of evangelical is also something that, really, social scientists haven't really dived very deep into," Lemmonds said.

"At [the] Faith and Freedom Coalition, we actually have really tried to dive in on that particular issue, and I can tell you that when we're identifying voters who we believe our messages and our policy positions will appeal to, we break it down by regular church attendance versus folks who regularly don't attend church," he continued. 

"Does not attending church regularly make you a non-Christian? No, not necessarily," he said.

"There's a lot of folks who just do not regularly attend church anymore, but if a pollster comes to them, they're going to go 'yes, I am a Christian. I am an evangelical Christian specifically.' So once again, what does that mean?" Lemmonds said. 

Roughly 80 percent of self-identified evangelicals voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE in 2016, and he regularly courts their support on issues such as abortion. 

— Julia Manchester