A recent poll released by Fox News shows that 28 percent of white evangelicals are planning to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
According to Relevant Magazine, this uptick is a 12 point lead on Hillary Clinton’s evangelical support in 2016. Even former President Barack Obama only earned 26 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2008. If the polling numbers translate accurately to the number of votes, this type of support would secure a victory for Biden.
Other polls, however, show that white evangelicals have not shifted from their support of Trump. A recent poll released by the Pew Research Center shows that 83 percent of white evangelicals support Trump, an increase of two percent from the 81 percent who voted for him in 2016.
Trump has been working hard to earn the evangelical vote, as reported by Christian Headlines earlier this week, with a U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s an incredible thing for Israel, [and] it’s incredible for the evangelicals, by the way,” Trump said on Fox and Friends. “The evangelicals love Israel. Love Israel.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Convention is in full swing this week working to dismantle Trump’s administration. Former First Lady Michelle Obama claimed Trump was “in over his head” and “has had enough time to show he can do the job.”
A handful of Republican politicians, including Governor John Kasich of Ohio, have also vocalized their criticism for Trump and thrown in their support for Biden.
“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country,” Kasich said in a pre-recorded speech.
The Republican National Convention is preparing to rally support for Trump next week. Several Americans who have caught the attention of media will be in attendance, including the St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who threatened Black Lives Matters protestors with weapons and Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann, who was confronted by a Native American protestor and ignited a media firestorm.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.