A research group called PRRI has found that white Evangelical support for Trump is at an all time high: 75% overall hold favorable views of him and want him to be the 2020 Republican candidate for president. Eighty one percent of white Evangelical males support Trump, and 71% of white Evangelical women. The brief article doesn’t opine why this might be so, just documents that it is.
While I was book touring and consulting after the publication of How Much is Enough? in 2002, I met many white Protestant Evangelicals — my book appealed to them as a way to help their church members learn to talk about stewardship. I have to say I’m mystified. The people I met were strong supporters of family values, morality in public and private life, religious observance — all things that no sane person would associate with Trump. The only thing I can think of is that Evangelicals tend to be strongly opposed to women’s reproductive rights. Trump conservative judges may seem to them a fair trade off for overlooking his jarring discontinuity with most things they profess to value.
I’d call it a devil’s bargain.