A Politico-Morning Consult poll found that about a quarter of Americans see President Donald Trump either somewhat or strongly as “a man of faith.” 55 percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disagree.
About a third of self-identified Christians say they see Trump as a Christian, which includes 40 percent of evangelicals, 23 percent of Catholics and just 18 percent of independents. But 55 percent of conservatives and 60 percent of Republicans agreed. The findings come after Trump drew widespread condemnation for forcibly removing peaceful protestors, including clergy, from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. for his Bible photo op.
“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. The poll surveyed 1,992 registered voters
This poll comes amidst a flurry of bad news for Trump, as his approval ratings have fallen over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the wave of protests that have engulfed the country following the police killing of George Floyd. On Tuesday, Trump used Twitter to baselessly speculate that a 75-year-old Buffalo, New York resident who was hospitalized after being knocked over by police may have been an “antifa provocateur.” The man, Martin Gugino, is a pacifist member of the Catholic Worker Movement.
The Public Religion Research Institute found that Trump has suffered a 12-point decrease in favorability among white Catholics and a 15-point decrease among white evangelical voters. It remains to be seen whether or not this will affect Trump’s reelection odds, as 2016 proved that many Christians were willing to vote for Trump even if they weren’t entirely comfortable with him.