Poll: Race is a stronger indicator of vote than faith among evangelicals

by Laura Mize · Oct 1st, 2020 11:41 am

Last Updated Oct 2nd, 2020 at 10:45 pm

While Americans who identify as evangelicals are more likely as a group to vote for President Trump than Joe Biden in this year's election, a breakdown by skin color shows a great divide among them.

The analysis comes from a Lifeway Research poll of 1,200 people, conducted September 9-23. Poll results show that, among evangelicals likely to vote, 61% support Trump and 29% support Biden. Two percent supported other candidates, and 8% were undecided.

Nearly three-quarters of white evangelicals (73%) say they support Trump, while 18% support Biden. Among black evangelicals, 19% support Trump and 69% support Biden. Trump leads among evangelical voters of other ethnicities (58%), while Biden garnered 32% support from that group.

Likely voters who say they are Christian and attend church at least once per month are essentially split evenly between the two candidates, with 46% supporting Trump and 45% supporting Biden. This group is distinct from evangelicals, although racial lines persist among these voters, too: 59% of white people in this group support Trump, versus 30% for Biden; and 86% of blacks in this group support Biden, with only 9% supporting Trump. Biden also leads among Hispanics in this group (58%, compared to 36% for Trump) and voters of other ethnicities (49% to 36%).


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