Are evangelicals leaning more towards Biden than we think?
White evangelicals form a formidable voting bloc in the US, with a 2019 Pew Research report estimating they make up 16 per cent of the nation’s adult population.
Traditionally, evangelical was a religious descriptor for Protestant, born-again Christians. Now, evangelicals — specifically white evangelicals — are strongly aligned with conservative politics and have become a reliably pro-Republican voting bloc.
They even have their own exit poll category, and in 2016 more than 80 per cent of white evangelicals who voted cast their ballot for Mr Trump.
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This is likely to happen again in 2020, but this group’s support for the President has slipped slightly in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden has the backing of other religious voting groups, including 90 per cent of black evangelical voters and a majority of Jewish and Hispanic Catholic voters.
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Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, several high-profile Christians and evangelical leaders have signalled a shift away from conservative political views.
At the end of 2019, the outgoing editor-in-chief of a popular evangelical magazine published an editorial on why Mr Trump should be removed from office.
It raised the ire of the President, who tweeted: “A far left magazine … would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President.”