Back in late January, a CNN/SSRS poll concluded that Donald Trump had lost significant support across most sub-groups. The poll pitted the president against Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Oprah Winfrey as “potential democratic candidates.”
He lost in each scenario, but he was absolutely trounced by former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden held a 17 point approval advantage against Trump in the January poll.
Many have wondered over the past 14 months… just who exactly comprises the obstinate 30-odd percent of Americans who obstinately support Donald Trump regardless of any given week’s failure, scandal, or gaffe. Curiously, that has been Evangelical Christian crowd.
While we’ve all been scratching our heads over what appeared to be a bottomless pit of Trump defense — even as rumors of his having cheated on his third wife with a porn star have evolved from allegations to something much more — evangelical Christians have stood ready to explain to any media outlet why exactly they still support this president. It has required a level of cognitive dissonance that makes for uncomfortable viewing.
But it appears that the camera-ready hypocrites might not be a true reflection of what’s going on within that voting demographic. According to new data from the Pew Research Center, Trump support among white evangelical women in has dropped about 13 percentage points, to 60 percent, compared with about a year ago. That’s a sharper drop than the 8-points he’s lost among women in general.
Pew’s associate director of research, who also noted a nine-point drop in support among evangelical men, per CNN:
“That change is statistically significant. Both groups have become less approving over time.”
Of course. We would all hope so. But this must be terrifying for Donald Trump.