Poll: White Evangelical Christians Changed Their Minds About A President’s Private Morality When Trump Ran In 2016
White evangelical Christians drastically changed their minds on a president’s private morality when Donald Trump ran for president in 2016.
The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a poll in 2011 that asked if “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life,” reports The New York Times
Sixty-one percent of white evangelical Protestants said such a politician could not “behave ethically and fulfill their duties.”
In October 2016, the Public Religion Research Institute asked the same question, and 72 percent of white evangelical Protestants said that politician could still behave ethically.
The only difference between the presidency in 2013 is that President Obama is a black Democrat, while President Trump is a white Republican.
Robert P. Jones, who heads the Public Religion Research Institute, wrote in The Atlantic:
In a head-spinning reversal, white evangelicals went from being the least likely to the most likely group to agree that a candidate’s personal immorality has no bearing on his performance in public office.