President Donald Trump's allies are concerned over Evangelicals' growing support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, reports Politico.
Recent polls and private concerns from top religious conservatives over Trump's political standing with the cornerstone of his base is wavering.
In early June, the founder of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson, scolded Trump for taking such a belligerent tone as the country protested the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer.
"You just don't do that, Mr. President," Robertson said on his newscast, "The 700 Club."
"It isn't cool. We're one race. And we need to love each other."
A Pew research survey conducted in late March found 35% of white evangelicals said Trump is "not too" religious or "not at all religious." Fifty-two percent said he was "somewhat religious."
Biden was viewed as "very/somewhat religious" by 55% of adults, according to a Pew survey released in late February.
Trump won the 2016 election with major backing from white evangelicals – he carried 81% of the group.
"Here's the problem for Trump: He needs to be at 81% or north to win re-election," David Brody, chief political analyst at the Christian Broadcasting Network, told Politico. "Any slippage and he doesn't get a second term, and that's where Joe Biden comes into play. In this environment, with everything from the coronavirus to George Floyd and Trump calling himself the 'law-and-order president,' Biden could potentially pick off a percent or two from that 81% number."
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