Generally speaking, most Americans regard themselves as Christian.
While there are many diverse denominations and backgrounds, most religious Americans take their faith seriously, often voting based on those convictions.
It’s why so many Evangelicals vote conservative. They feel the policies of the Republican party (like protecting traditional family values and definition of marriage) line up with what they believe. That’s why so many conservative Presidents have historically been men of faith and conviction.
So it comes as no surprise that traditional Evangelical voters are backing Donald Trump. Although he has never been notable for his religious faith (although he attests to being a Christian), his platform as a candidate strongly appeals to these voters. In fact, he is bringing in their support much more than Mormon Mitt Romney did in 2012.
From Pew Forum:
Evangelical voters are rallying strongly in favor of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Indeed, the latest Pew Research Center survey finds that despite the professed wariness toward Trump among many high-profile evangelical Christian leaders, evangelicals as a whole are, if anything, even more strongly supportive of Trump than they were of Mitt Romney at a similar point in the 2012 campaign. At that time, nearly three-quarters of white evangelical Protestant registered voters said they planned to vote for Romney, including one-quarter who “strongly” supported him. Now, fully 78% of white evangelical voters say they would vote for Trump if the election were held today, including about a third who “strongly” back his campaign.
Trump’s assertion to protect our veterans, keep our borders safe, and stand up to terrorist threats is in line with most white Evangelical voters’ priorities. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who will all but sell out our country to Middle Eastern interests, can’t garner a fraction of their support.
The Pew report goes on to break down the demographics even further. The most important take away is how successful Trump is among this most conservative group. While pundits a year ago claimed he’d never garner their support, he is rising in popularity.
It just goes to show you how little pundits and “experts” know.
Source: Pew Forum