The Religious Vote and Why It Mattered

The Christian voter played a big part in Trump's presidential win.

By Nancy Flory Published on November 9, 2016

Pundits and pollsters long said the Christian demographic would be important to Donald Trump’s chances at the presidency, and exit polling results would appear to prove the Christian vote was critical to Donald Trump’s stunning win.

According to New York Times exit polling, 58 percent of Protestants or other non-Catholic Christians voted for Trump, while 52 percent of Catholics voted for him. Only 24 percent of Jewish voters cast a ballot for Trump, while 26 percent of those with no religious affiliation did the same.

White evangelicals showed up in a big way — at their highest margin since 2004. And fully 81 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump. Black evangelicals seemed to prefer Clinton leading up to the election, but in the end, Clinton underperformed on capturing their votes as compared to Obama, reported Christianity Today.

Of those who attend religious services, 56 percent of those attending weekly services voted for Trump, 49 percent of those attending services a few times monthly did the same, 47 percent of those who attended religious services a few times per year voted for Trump and 31 percent of those who never attended religious services voted for him.

Donald Trump’s Christian voters may have turned out largely due to his acknowledgement of the demographic while his opponent principally ignored them. Clinton only captured a fraction of what Obama did during his elections, reported Christianity Today, but Trump saw a strong base in the key states of Ohio, North Carolina and Florida.

Even Obama’s former faith adviser tweeted about Clinton’s disconnect with the white evangelicals:

Now that the election is behind the nation, plenty remains on the political horizon for Christians. Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said the nation must put the divisiveness in the past and work together. “Instead of the agenda of the donkey or the elephant, Christians must be about the Lamb’s agenda,” Rodriguez said. He added:

Looking ahead, now is the time to rise up as people of faith and as an independent voice that holds political leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to policies that don’t aim left or right, but toward righteousness and justice, for all. Chief of which remains our concern for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, immigration reform and racial unity. We pray for the safe keeping of our democracy as we transition to the new Donald Trump administration and we pray that God will continue to bless and prosper our nation in the coming months and years ahead.

David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California urged Christians to pray for the new administration and keep their eyes on their ultimate citizenship — heaven. He added:

“We commit to pray for the new Trump administration. We pray that God might have mercy on our nation and that our leaders might know and fear Him, for as the Scriptures say, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord … Presidents come and go, but our God remains forever and he will be on his throne on November 9 as he was on November 8 and as he will be for all of eternity.”

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