According to exit polls, President Donald Trump lost a bit of his evangelical base this election. But according to one of his advisors, it's unlikely that drop cost the president much.
"White evangelicals," as pollsters like to classify them, came out again for President Trump this week. Seventy-six percent of them voted for him, while nearly a quarter voted for Joe Biden. Four years ago, those numbers were 81% for Trump and 16% for Hillary Clinton. Presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress says he has reason to doubt those numbers. Polling has been remarkably unreliable again this election cycle – even polls, he says, that count what was cast as opposed to predictions about what will be cast.
"It's based on people telling pollsters the truth, whether it's going into the polls or leaving the polls," he adds.
But even if the president's numbers among evangelicals did fall a bit, Jeffress isn't surprised. "You would expect the president to take some hits – especially given the fact that we're in a worldwide pandemic that has affected our nation severely. And he who is at the top usually takes the shots," the pastor offers.
Several prominent evangelicals publicly opposed the president and threw their weight behind Democrat Joe Biden. Jeffress says that had little, if any, effect.
"They have very little influence over the average evangelical," the pastor argues. "Again, I think [any drop in Trump's evangelical support] would be attributable to the pandemic – and then I think it could be attributable just to a little bit of voter fatigue."
Not all evangelicals, says Jeffress, like to duke it out like the president.
"He's well suited for being that warrior; he thrives on that," says the presidential advisor. "But I think some of his followers, frankly, get tired and worn down and throw in the towel, and are ready for kind of, as Neville Chamberlin said, peace at any price."
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A call to repentance
A former state GOP leader says the results of the 2020 presidential election illustrate the extent of a spiritual problem in America.
With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris edging toward the 270-mark in electoral votes, many in the evangelical community are concerned about the Democrats' pro-abortion, anti-Christian agenda that's likely to be foisted on the American people.
Cathie Adams is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. She tells OneNewsNow the election results are indicative of a spiritual problem in America – specifically, a call to repentance.
"… I have been praying – and I know many, many millions of Americans and people across the world are praying – for revival because we have turned our back on a holy God, and then we turn to God and ask for a blessing," she shares. "We're going to have to be consistent; we're going to have to truly repent – and that begins with the Church."
According to Adams, "that is the only way the people are going to overcome the tremendous amount of money, the tremendous amount of brow-beating that they've taken in this election by the media – which obviously was a huge Biden supporter – and all of the millions and billions of dollars even that went into the campaigns of those who were evil [and] were calling for the killing of innocent life."
Adams says those who claim the name of Christ have got to truly "clean our own house" and pray for God's grace.