A lot of people, if not most people believe that Donald Trump has the Christian vote. A new survey just released by Lifeway Research may show otherwise. When Pastors are asked who they endorse and plan on voting for, the number one response is “I don’t know”.
Pastors Prefer ‘Undecided’ to Clinton or Trump
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Political endorsements by preachers have been few and far between this election season.
That may be because the most popular candidate among preachers is “I don’t know.”
A new report from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 4 out of 10 Protestant pastors are undecided about which candidate to vote for. A third (32 percent) plan to vote for Donald Trump. One in 5 (19 percent) plans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Four percent support Gary Johnson. Three percent do not plan to vote.
Few pastors believe Christians who vote their conscience will all support the same candidate. And few say Christians should vote only for a candidate who has a reasonable chance of winning.
Meanwhile, only one preacher in 100 has endorsed a candidate from the pulpit.
Those are among the findings of a new survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors conducted Aug. 22-Sept. 16, 2016. Most are ambivalent about the major party candidates, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
“Donald Trump does better with pastors than Hillary Clinton,” he said. “But both candidates are still less popular than ‘Undecided.’”
Read the complete article and research at Lifeway Research