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Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Women supporting TrumpLike many political conservatives, evangelicals are angry at the Washington establishment. But contrary to some reports, they're not getting on the Trump train – at least not all the way.

Real evangelicals, as measured by theological belief and practice, are a much smaller percentage of the electorate than the mainstream media report, but the group makes up for the difference by being far more committed to the political process. That's according to renowned pollster George Barna.

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"Their theology and their patriotism require them to vote. They believe that that's an obligation that they have," he tells OneNewsNow.

And he says they're also committed to donating their time and money to their candidate – who, as it turns out, isn't Donald Trump. "They don't really believe he's a conservative – only four percent believe he's genuinely a conservative," adds Barna.

Which means evangelicals are stumped as July's GOP convention in Cleveland – and a probable Trump coronation – approach.

"They don't like his character," the researcher and author continues. "[Yes] the issues matter to them, but character is critical because they figure it's based on your character that you make up your decisions."

According to Barna, real evangelicals can't wrap their arms around the thrice-married, foul-mouthed billionaire. "This deeply matters to these people," he emphasizes. "They don't want to give up the ship, but they're saying Oh my gosh, look at the captain we're stuck with."

In conclusion, Barna contends evangelicals will vote for Trump while holding their noses, but they won't work to get others to do the same – which the pollster says could cost the candidate come November.

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