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Trump's evangelical approval dips, but remains high

Trump's evangelical approval dips, but remains high

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE’s approval rating among white evangelical Protestants remains high at 72 percent but has dropped 6 percentage points since April, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Seventy-two percent of white evangelical Protestants said they approve of Trump’s handling of his job as commander in chief, according to the June survey, a decline from 78 percent recorded in April.

The survey also shows that Trump would capture the vote among white evangelicals by a significant margin over presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE if the 2020 presidential election were held today.

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Eighty-two percent of white evangelicals said they would vote for Trump, compared to just 17 percent who said they would cast their ballots for the former vice president, according to the survey.

The group represents a key portion of Trump’s base of supporters. White evangelicals, who traditionally lean Republican, have remained strongly supportive of Trump throughout his tenure despite questions about his rhetoric and behavior potentially eroding their support.

Eighty-one percent of white evangelicals who voted in the 2016 election cast ballots for Trump and Vice President Pence, whereas Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonValadao unseats Cox in election rematch Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work MORE captured 16 percent of their votes.

Trump’s approval rating remains high among white evangelicals despite his recent photo opportunity outside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., amid protests after George Floyd's death, an appearance that was laced with controversy and prompted criticism from some local religious leaders.

Trump’s reelection campaign has made an effort to court evangelical voters, including by launching an “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition at the beginning of the year. Trump’s 200 judicial appointments — a milestone he hit last week — are also viewed as a signature accomplishment that will excite religious conservatives.

The new Pew survey of 4,708 U.S. adults was conducted between June 16 and June 22.