Who loves Donald Trump the most? Here’s a shocker from the Pew Research Center: White evangelicals continue to give him the highest approval rating of any group — 69% — though even their numbers have gone down since the 78% support Trump had from them at his inauguration.
Non-white Catholics are the only group whose support for Trump has gone up since February of 2017, doubling from 13% then to 26% now.
And the religiously unaffiliated (which includes atheists, agnostics, and people who believe in God but don’t belong to any organized religion) never really warmed up to him at all, with our approval rating coming in at 20%, even lower than the 24% we gave him two years ago.
Among white evangelicals and white Catholics, the more regularly you attend church, the more likely you are to support Trump.
Indeed, in the first few months of Trump’s presidency, white evangelicals who attended church at least weekly were significantly more likely than less-frequent churchgoers to approve of Trump’s performance (79% vs. 71%). In the most recent period analyzed — from July 2018 to January 2019 — 70% of white evangelicals who attend church at least once a week approve of Trump, as do 65% of those who attend religious services less often.
… In the most recent period analyzed, 52% of white Catholics who attend Mass weekly approve of Trump, as do 45% of those who attend services less often.
While Pew doesn’t get into the whys of this data, it seems clear that as long as Trump keeps appointing radically conservative judges for lifetime positions on the bench, promotes anti-abortion policies (including keeping track of when refugee girls are pregnant, even from rape, in order to prevent them from obtaining an abortion), and keeps throwing out platitudes about Christianity, they’ll stand by his side.
There’s no amount of racism, bigotry, ignorance, science denial, or overall corruptness that will shake the support of these Christians.
Religious people often say atheists are guilty of moral relativism, but here’s a perfect example of how little they give a damn about so-called ethics as long as the government does everything it can to control women who dare to exercise agency over their own bodies.
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