Support for President Donald Trump remains strong among evangelical Christian voters, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
The new findings indicate their support for him is even higher than it was right after the 2016 election, The Christian Post reports.
The survey found that 82% of white evangelical Protestant voters plan to vote for Trump or lean toward voting for him – a 5% gain from 2016. In that election year, Pew exit polling put Trump’s support among white evangelical Protestant voters at 77%.
Interestingly, support for the Republican president is up in the voting block even though more of them say they do not approve of the job he has been doing over the past several months involving the coronavirus and the riots, according to the report.
Perhaps it is because many evangelical Christians are concerned about Joe Biden’s radical pro-abortion stance and are pleased with Trump’s pro-life actions.
According to Pew, just 17% of white evangelical Christian voters plan to support Biden – a nearly identical number to their support of pro-abortion Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In the survey, 26% said Biden would be a “poor” president and 49% said he would be “terrible.” In contrast, 70% said Trump has been a “good” or “great” president.
Evangelical Christian voters tend to be strongly pro-life, and Trump has fulfilled many of his promises to pro-life voters, including appointing conservative judges, defunding Planned Parenthood, supporting foster care and adoption, and fighting to end employment discrimination against pro-life medical workers.
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This week, his two appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court voted against striking down a Louisiana abortion law that would have closed shoddy abortion facilities that are unprepared to help women suffering from emergency complications.
In one of his first acts as president, Trump defunded two of the world’s largest abortion groups, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, of about $170 million in American tax dollars. He also has taken steps to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, of millions of taxpayer dollars through Title X and other programs. However, many of these efforts have been thwarted by lawsuits and pro-abortion state leaders who are giving state taxpayer funds to the abortion chain to replace Trump’s cuts.
Last year, his administration introduced new restrictions to stop taxpayer dollars from funding research using aborted baby body parts.
Trump has been pushing back aggressively against international pro-abortion advocacy, too. Starting in 2017, Trump stopped giving American tax dollars to United Nations Population Fund because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its forced abortion population control policies. The decision cut $32.5 million in funding from the UNFPA budget.
Then, in June, Trump signed an executive order to expand support for foster and adoptive children and families.
Additionally, the Trump administration has been fighting to protect pro-life medical workers from employment discrimination. Last year, it became involved in a Vermont nurse’s case after she said her employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, tricked her into participating in an abortion against her will. It also created a new rule to better enforce conscience protections and punish medical groups that discriminate against pro-life medical workers. Two federal judges invalidated the rule after pro-abortion groups filed suit, but doctors and medical professionals are fighting back.