Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

"...a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump?"  New Republic

Related: Is Donald Trump's Love for the Bible Genuine Piety?

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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Could it be because evangelicals are as foolishly wowed by pop-culture celebrity fame as everyone else apparently is?

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Mark_Smith's picture

they realize Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee have zero chance of getting elected, and they are going with a choice that will shake things up.

Mark_Smith's picture

He talks about taxing like the tithe... Tithe? Shoot, how many people here at SI disagree that the tithe applies today? How is that going to float with a secular voter when most Christians hate the idea?

Mark_Smith's picture

I fall asleep before he finishes telling me his father was a Baptist pastor!

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KD Merrill's picture

Cozying up to pop culture and the embracing of pragmatism would be my top two.  That and an unwillingness at times to exercise discernment.

Don Johnson's picture

I would say that voters are interested in someone outside the establishment. Greg Linscott linked to this poll this AM on Facebook: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-31/carson-trump-tie-f...

I don't put much stock in polls, but it is showing Carson now tied with Trump in Iowa, both at 23%.

The pols are all doing fairly poorly.

I think people are fed up with politics as usual and want someone to shake things up. However... I am concerned about that kind of reaction. Personally, of the crowd running, I like Scott Walker the best. I could care less how well he speaks or if he puts anyone to sleep. It is his record of management as a governor and his leadership that interests me.

It is incredibly difficult for anyone to turn the machinery of government around, even if they are the president. If Trump or Carson were to be elected, I think their inexperience would show and cause serious problems down the road. But their appeal is that they are NOT career politicians.

Finally, I suspect that Trump has reached his peak. That's why Carson has been gaining. Although Carson is perhaps less experienced than Trump as a leader, he is less mercurial and would be a far better choice of the two. Outrage will only go so far and I think Trump has pretty well tapped into all the support he will get.

Of course, I have been wrong before!

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Joeb's picture

TRUMP is calling people into his sideshow tent and putting on a show.  TRUMP is outsider and celebrity and people are  attracted to that as previously stated. Christians like anyone else will to a certain extent follow the crowd. I think in long run TRUMP will go to the wayside.  I believe Ohio Governor KAISCH is going to shoot ahead..  He is practical and balanced and  has not been a flip flopper like WALKER. CRUZ is to much of an extreme, although I like his calls about the budget.  CRUZ  is right on fighting tooth and nail in this area. I also believe JEB BUSH will be right up there to but his stance on immigration and education will be his weak point.  Its only a matter of time until the herd thins out.  As far as the Evangelical Christian vote in the long run they are going to pick the best person who they believe can beat HILLARY.

Joeb's picture

Trump may be getting the attention now but Jim your right the wall idea is a Joke and so is removing 11 mil illegals. Based on your statement Jim, Jeb Bush is the guy.  He is liberal on immigration just like his brother and his wife is from Mexico.  If Trump becomes the man you might is well give Hillary and Billy Boy the keys to the Whitehouse.  So if the evangelical Christians back him all the way you kind of have to scratch your head.  Very puzzling. Have people become so frustrated with Washington that they would try to put a Carnival Barker in the White House. Trump in the White House is a very scary thought.  

Greg Long's picture

Of course doing better in the Hispanic vote is never a bad thing, but keep in mind if Romney had done only 3% better with the white vote in 12 he'd be president.

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Greg Long, Ed.D. (SBTS)

Pastor of Adult Ministries
Grace Church, Des Moines, IA

Adjunct Instructor
School of Divinity
Liberty University

Greg Long's picture

Agree with Aarom, not sure why any Christian would support Trump (why anyone would, actually). Agree with Jim that he will fizzle out. He's the wild and crazy guy with the loud motorcycle and tattoos that the girls love to date but come voting time they will settle down with the sensible (if somewhat boring) guy.

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Greg Long, Ed.D. (SBTS)

Pastor of Adult Ministries
Grace Church, Des Moines, IA

Adjunct Instructor
School of Divinity
Liberty University