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>> Let's pray together, may we?>> Yes.>> As a twice divorced New York billionaire socialite who has attended church just twice since his inauguration, Donald Trump is an unlikely champion of Christian causes.>> Father, I thank you that we have a President, President Donald Trump, who believes in the power of prayer.
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>> Yet, President Trump has had the backing of white evangelicals. But now it appears his support among avid church goers is eroding. Reuters, Ayesha Rascoe, explains.>> So a Reuters poll found that among White Evangelicals that President Trump's net popularity, or net approval, has dropped around 20 points.
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Still a majority of white evangelicals, around 63%, still support him. But their approval of him has dropped about 20 points since the start of his administration. The voters that we talk to said that their issues with President Trump weren't so much religious issues. But it was the fact that they were concerned about how he was running his White House.
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It seems kind of chaotic, and then also they feel like maybe he wasn't doing enough to help average, everyday Americans.>> While support is down in the pews, pastors are standing by the President. Prominent business leaders abandoned the President's advisory councils after his response to the violence in Charlottesville.
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And violence on many sides, on many sides.>> And yet all but one of the leaders on his evangelical council stuck by him.>> So some of his evangelical advisors have raised concerns about his stance on immigration. But for the most part, they're very happy, because he's been very pro-life, having very strong anti-abortion policies.
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He's also been very pro-religious freedom, the idea that you can act according to your conscious on whether you give women contraception, issues like that. Because he's been so strong on that, these evangelical leaders have stuck with him.>> In America, we don't worship government. We worship God.>>
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>> The president can still point to this kind of Christian rhetoric and to his conservative Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsich, when appealing to evangelicals. But as the midterms and 2020 slowly approach, these latest poll numbers show that the president can take this group's support for granted.>> Amen.
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>> It's beautiful, thank you
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