Exit polls show strong white evangelical support for Trump

Exit polls show strong white evangelical support for Trump
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White voters who identify as evangelical Christians, a key bloc of support for President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE in 2016, broke heavily for him again this week, according to exit polling data.

White evangelical and born-again Christian voters voted for the president 76 percent to 23 percent, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. However, the margin was down slightly from 2016, when exit polling indicated white evangelicals voted for Trump by a margin of 81 percent to 16 percent.

The 2016 numbers were the widest split since exit polling began including white evangelicals as a category in 2004.


The only group exit polling found with a higher percentage supporting the president were those who identified as Republicans or conservatives.

Those who identified the economy as the most important factor in their vote also supported Trump by a margin of 82 percent to 17 percent.

Trump’s support among the bloc has remained strong throughout his presidency despite some notable dissents. In October, Jerushah Duford, the granddaughter of evangelical leader Billy Graham and a backer of Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE, said evangelical support of Trump had “done significant damage to the way people view Jesus.”

In the mid-October press call, Duford also predicted an erosion of the president’s white evangelical support, saying "I do think we're going to see a difference in the polls this time around, partly because I think a lot of people in 2016 went to vote kind of crossing their fingers, maybe holding their breath, hoping I make the right choice here.”