The “Moral Majority” might be a thing of the past, but Protestant voters still have a lot of sway over the course of American politics.
In the recent past, some Republican presidential hopefuls failed to impress this voting block; for some, Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith was a problem, for others, Newt Gingrich’s failed marriages were the stumbling block.
In a year in which all the received wisdom has gone out the window, one development on this front still comes as a particular surprise.
As Breitbart reports:
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is improving his favorability rating among white Protestant Republicans.
From February through May, 57 percent of highly religious Republicans held a favorable view of Trump. But as of June, Trump’s favorability rating with highly religious Republicans increased nine points to 66 percent, according to a new Gallup poll.
The increase in support comes the week after Trump met with roughly 1,000 religious leaders in New York City.
Trump’s multiple divorces and liberal views on some social issues don’t seem to have hurt his popularity with this all important group of voters. Once again, the “experts” who predicted just the opposite have been left in the dust.