Nearly Three-Quarters of White Evangelicals Approve of Donald Trump

President Donald Trump's support among white evangelicals has remained at a steady high since taking office in January 2017, according to polls.

The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, released Monday, found that 73 percent of white evangelical Christians approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while only 23 disapprove. Four percent indicated they were unsure.

Trump's approval ratings among white evangelical Christians slipped at the start of the year to 66 percent, according to a January poll conducted by the same researchers, amid a partial government shutdown over a wall the president vowed to build along the southern U.S.-Mexico border during his 2016 presidential campaign. During that period, 23 percent of white evangelical Christians disapproved of the job Trump was doing as president, while 11 percent were unsure.

Trump's current approval rating among white evangelicals is roughly the same as his figures from last December, when 73 percent approved of his job as president. A smaller portion — 17 percent — disapproved, and nine percent were unsure.

White evangelical support for Trump reached an all-time high last April, when a PRRI survey found that 75 percent of those in the category held a favorable view of the president, while just 22 percent held an unfavorable view of him.

Among registered voters nationally, the new poll on Monday showed that Trump's approval rating reached a new high at 44 percent. However, 52 percent of voters said they disapproved of his performance in the White House.

The survey of 1,346 adults was conducted between July 15 and July 17, in the days after Trump launched a series of racist attacks against four progressive congresswomen — Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — all first-term lawmakers and all women of color.

The president's attacks first came in a series of tweets last weekend, when he urged members of the so-called "Squad," to "go back and help fix the totally broke and crime infested places from which they came." Despite Trump's claims that all four of the congresswomen were foreign-born, only one was born outside America. Congresswoman Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia before moving to the U.S. as a child after her family fled from their home nation.

Trump doubled down on those sentiments on numerous occasions last week, despite Democrats and almost every 2020 presidential candidate, quickly moving to call his remarks "racist."

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan, in the Oval Office at the White House on July 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. According to a new NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 73% of white evangelical Christians approve of Trump. Mark Wilson/Getty