Christian Voters Want Trump For President

In a poll that will no doubt please the Trump campaign while confounding his many critics and depress his political opponents, Donald Trump is emerging as the leading candidate among evangelical voters in America.

How is the New York billionaire doing it?

The most recent NBC News/Survey Monkey online tracking poll shows Mr. Trump with an impressive 37% of Republican Christian voters. Trump’s closes rival in that important demographic is Texas Senator Ted Cruz who comes in at just 20%. Most alarming to the Cruz campaign is that 20% represents an almost double-digit drop from just two weeks earlier.

Donald Trump is taking evangelical votes from Ted Cruz, a trend that runs counter to the entire premise of the Cruz campaign. Cruz has made faith a pivotal fixture of his efforts to secure the GOP nomination and has insinuated time and again over the last month that Donald Trump’s “New York values” might run counter to more traditional American Christian values.

It appears that tactic is going beyond simply not working, it’s driving Christian voters to support Trump.

The New York billionaire has also made a concerted effort to court the evangelicals as well, referencing his bible, giving a speech at Liberty University (with the now-infamous Two Corinthians reference), and most recently, attending church in Iowa.

Overall, Trump’s support among Republican voters according to the NBC poll is now just below 40% while again Ted Cruz remains an increasingly distant second at 17%. Pollsters are also quietly suggesting that Trump continues to show remarkable crossover appeal from voters not normally affiliated with a Republican candidate. This appeal includes blue collar Democrats as well as minority voters.

As of now, the Trump Train is moving full steam ahead…

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Donald Trump’s Surprising Support Among Evangelical Voters Remains Strong…

For two presidential election cycles, evangelical voters offered little more than half-hearted support for the campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Donald Trump appears determined to change all that.

A confident Mr. Trump stood before a clearly excited crowd at the Value Voters Summit yesterday and held up his childhood Bible given to him by his mother. The move brought about an  extended moment of applause – the first of many rounds of applause by a critically important segment of Republican voters many are surprises to see so supportive of the New York billionaire’s political campaign.

“God bless you! You changed everything!”

So said a woman at the Christian-themed event to the candidate who presently leads the GOP field among White evangelical voters with 32% support.

During his speech, Mr. Trump repeated a common theme of his campaign – attacking seemingly spineless politicians more concerned over good public relations than fighting for the values voters sent them to Washington D.C. to defend.

“These people, they’re babies, they’re babies!”

Trump noted how poorly the Middle Class was being hurt and promised to bring jobs back to America. Alongside his pleas for a stronger U.S. economy was a moment where Mr. Trump reflected on how it bothered him to see the phrase “Merry Christmas” under constant attack by liberal progressives.

“I want to see Christmas. You’re going to see it if I get elected.”

That line elicited another round of enthusiastic applause for the Republican candidate for president.

The only moment of potential controversy for Mr. Trump was when he called out GOP rival Marco Rubio for being, “a clown.” Some in the audience began to boo the comments, though it remains unclear if they were booing Donald Trump, or the mention of Marco Rubio.

By the time Trump left the stage, the audience offered him another wave of applause. For now, Donald Trump remains the candidate of choice for evangelical voters if for nothing more than he seems the one most willing to fight for their beliefs. If he is able to maintain that support in the coming months, it might prove the most significant factor in his hopes of attaining the White House.