SAGE Cons praying Trump earns their respect

Thursday, December 8, 2016
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voting at churchPolitically engaged evangelicals went to bat for Donald Trump on Election Day 2016 – and a Christian pollster predicts they're now going to ask the president-elect to come through for them.

Pollster George Barna of the American Culture & Faith Institute says these spiritually active, governance engaged conservatives – "SAGE Cons," as he calls them – gave Trump a 75-percent approval rating (or better) over Hillary Clinton on six of the ten issues Barna asked of them. For example:

  • 95 percent thought he would be better at creating new, non-government jobs;
  • 94 percent thought he was more likely to "keep American safe and militarily strong"; and
  • 78 percent thought he had "a clear and compelling vision" for America (only two percent thought that about Clinton).

In lesser percentages, SAGE Cons ranked Trump as more likely to unite and heal the country (63%), and the candidate with the temperament to be an effective president (53%). Nevertheless, 93 percent of them who came out to vote did so for Trump – and now, according to Barna, they want him to do right by them.


"I think the biggest thing that they're really looking for is for him to protect as many biblical values and principles as possible," the pollster tells OneNewsNow.

That might include cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, choosing conservative justices for the Supreme Court, and standing up for their religious freedoms. But as Barna notes, President-elect Trump will also have the difficult task of putting a highly fractured country back together.

"Perhaps what we're going to have to do is put [into leadership positions] people who are not part of the 'East Coast intelligentsia,' who are not part of the normal power clubs," he suggests. "Those individuals, perhaps, can bring some healing."

That is also a task that Trump may call on those evangelicals to help with. Barna views that as a real opportunity for believers. "This is a wonderful vacuum that the Church can step into and say, Look, we've got some time-proven answers that we can bring to the table," he offers.

After all, says Barna, the Church has been given the job of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

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