Trump-leaning evangelicals are more anti-immigration.

Pew Research shows evangelicals as a bloc as differing sharply from others on immigration rated topics. For instance, 76% of whit evangelical approve of the travel ban. In stark contrast, black Protestants (84%) and religious “nones” (74%) disapprove of the executive order.

But within evangelicals Trump is strongest among those who do not attend church. Peter Beinart in The Atlantic writes, “Notre Dame’s Geoffrey Layman noted, “Trump does best among evangelicals with one key trait: They don’t really go to church.” A Pew Research Center poll last March found that Trump trailed Ted Cruz by 15 points among Republicans who attended religious services every week. But he led Cruz by a whopping 27 points among those who did not.”

“Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims. In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Benjamin Knoll noted that among Catholics, mainline Protestants, and born-again Protestants, the less you attended church, the more anti-immigration you were.

“Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims. In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Benjamin Knoll noted that among Catholics, mainline Protestants, and born-again Protestants, the less you attended church, the more anti-immigration you were.”

Leave a Reply