Only 25 Percent of Americans See Trump as a 'Man of Faith,' New Poll Finds
About a quarter of Americans say they see President Donald Trump somewhat or strongly as a “man of faith.”
According to the Politico-Morning Consult poll, 55 percent of respondents said they somewhat or strongly disagree that the president is a “man of faith.”
“Even after nearly 3 in 4 voters saw coverage of President Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church last week, only about 1 in 4 believe he’s religious,” Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair said, according to Politico.
Sinclair was referring to a photo Trump took with a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
Officials reportedly removed peaceful protestors from the area so Trump could take the photo.
Trump has recently faced an onslaught of criticism and a loss of support from Christians. His approval ratings have dipped overall because of his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his response to nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd.
On Twitter this week, Trump said a 75-year-old man who was hospitalized after being knocked down by police during a protest may have been an “antifa provocateur.”
The man, Martin Gugino, is a pacifist member of the Catholic Worker Movement.
In an interview with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer last week, Trump was asked about how much he’s grown in faith since taking office. His response drew criticism about how he views religion.
“So I think maybe I have, from the standpoint that I see so much that I can do. I’ve done so much for religion,” he said.
The Politico-Morning Consult poll, which surveyed nearly 2,000 registered voters also found:
- About a third of self-identified Christians see Trump as a Christian.
- 40 percent of those Christians are evangelicals and 23 percent are Catholics.
- 55 percent of conservatives polled said they believe Trump is a Christian.
- 60 percent who said they were Republicans also agreed.
In another poll, the Public Religion Research Institute reported that there has been a 12-point fall in favorability for Trump among white Catholics. Among white evangelicals, that number is 15 points.
h/t: Relevant Magazine
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.