October 7, 2016

SHE'S THE CHRISTIAN IN THE RACE, JEB WOULD HAVE BEEN THE EVANGELICAL:

Despite Mike Pence, Most Evangelical Pastors Are Not Ready to Vote Trump (Bob Smietana, 10/6/2016, Christianity Today)

Despite vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's mission to assuage evangelical voters'‚Äč doubts about the views of Donald Trump, a plurality of evangelical senior pastors (44%) remained undecided last month about which candidate to vote for, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research.

Meanwhile, almost 4 in 10 plan to vote for Trump (38%), while about 1 in 10 plans to vote for Hillary Clinton (9%). Four percent support Gary Johnson. Two percent do not plan to vote.



Evangelical exiles: How Trump is driving some believers away from the GOP (Jon Ward, October 6, 2016, Yahoo)

More than half of the most committed evangelical Christians didn't support Donald Trump for president in the Republican primary. And although a majority of them have resigned themselves to backing him rather than supporting the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, evangelicalism is changing in ways that may not be apparent to the casual observer.

Trump's candidacy, in fact, is helping to accelerate the trend pushing some evangelicals away from an automatic affiliation with the Republican Party. Evangelicals oppose Trump for a few reasons: They view his character as repugnant and his temperament as dangerous. And while many of them do not like Clinton, they are not as alarmed by their policy disagreements with her as they are by the idea that the church would align itself with someone like Trump.

The "despite Pence" is a revealing touch.  If Donald withdrew today and the GOP replaced him with a Christian governor--Jeb, Pence, Kasich, etc.--that nominee would beat Hillary.

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