A new poll indicates support for President Donald Trump among evangelicals is dropping slightly but that his support has doubled among a demographic that typically leans toward Democrats.
Right after Trump took office, Pew Research found that 78 percent of white evangelicals had a favorable view of their new president. In a poll released this week, that number is down by nine points to 69 percent. Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary says he's not surprised by those numbers.
"President Trump got 78 percent of the white evangelical vote [in 2016], but I would say that at least 60 percent of those people did not vote for Donald Trump as much as they voted against Hillary Clinton," the seminary leader tells OneNewsNow.
But even if that bloc didn't vote out of love and admiration for Trump, he has followed through on all his campaign promises and proven himself a strong pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom president.
The Pew survey also found roughly half of white evangelicals don't think Trump has set a high moral standard for the presidency. "I wish he wouldn't tweet," Land offers.
On the positive side, Pew found support among nonwhite Catholics – which includes Hispanics – has doubled in the last two years and now sits at 26 percent.
"I know many people in the Hispanic community who are upset by illegal immigration," states Land. "They want people to do it [enter the U.S.] the right way."
Still, Land thinks Trump's numbers will rebound once the Democrats pick a candidate.
So … what if they pick Joe Biden?
A Christian political scientist says the case for former Vice President Joe Biden running for president isn't closed.
"Biden consistently is the winner among all these other would-be [Democratic] candidates. He stands out above all of them," says Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University. "So you have to give Biden credit: if you put him against all these other candidates, he is still on top."
According to a new CNN/SSRS poll Biden continues to hold the top slot with 28-percent support, eight points ahead of second-place Bernie Sanders. CNN reports that Biden is likely to officially announce his campaign next month, and may even make an early selection for his VP running mate.
Biden is trying to make it clear that the field is really him and then everyone else – and that he isn't just one of the many candidates running, but that he's the heavy favorite. But Dunn says there is another side of this.
"Biden has not had to withstand the opposition to his candidacy that will arise from all the things that he has done unwisely in the past," he shares. "He's made many inept statements that will be brought out against him. He has changed his positions on key issues and that will be brought out against him."
Dunn isn't sure Biden can overcome all of his weaknesses. "Until they get that candidate, Trump is looking mighty good," he concludes.
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