Christians and the 2016 Election: Presidential Candidates’ Ratings Shift

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Christians and the 2016 Election: Presidential Candidates' Ratings Shift

Just a few months away from the first primary, we are seeing some significant changes in who Christians want to see as President of the United States.

  1. The general poll of those who consider themselves Christians (meaning born again or evangelical) from the broad population show the following ranking for the candidates: Carson 33%, Trump 23%, Cruz 13%, Rubio 9%, Fiorina 4%, and Bush 3%.
  2. Among evangelical leaders, Senator Rubio of Florida is by far the top choice for President. In a survey of 100 evangelical leaders conducted in October, Marco Rubio came out the clear winner, receiving 26% of the vote. Here are all the rankings:

Marco Rubio: 26%

Ben Carson: 12%

John Kasich: 12%

Jeb Bush: 9%

Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump all received insignificant rankings. 21% of the leaders were undecided, and 7% said none of the candidates.

  1. Iowan evangelicals are typically very influential in the Republican primaries. The candidate that has their support usually secures a top spot. That’s why so many of the GOP candidates are campaigning to this voting bloc. In 2012, evangelical Christians made up 60% of the vote in the Iowa caucus. But, only a few months away from the caucus, evangelicals in Iowa are still split over the candidates.

Here are the current rankings for Iowan evangelical voters: Carson leads at 36%, Trump in second at 17%, Rubio comes in third at 9%, Fiorina is at 5%, and the rest are 3% or under.

  1. Our polling is now showing the following:

Donald Trump:  31%

Ben Carson:  21%

Ted Cruz: 20%

Mike Huckabee:  7%

Marco Rubio:  5%

Carly Fiorina:  5%

Rand Paul:  3%

Jeb Bush:  2%

Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders:  1%

You can vote in our straw poll for evangelical voters here.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

3 Comments on “Christians and the 2016 Election: Presidential Candidates’ Ratings Shift”

  1. Why are Evangelicals supporting Trump?!? He does not claim to be one of us and the way he speaks is not Christ-like! I believe we should either be behind, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, or Huckabee.

  2. I am a committed Christain so after the first debate I couldn’t “like” Trump for his brass arrogance but to my surprise I have begun to see the benefits of having a great negotiator in the White House. However, he still worries me because he is so positive about being “right” and doesn’t seem to be available to other people’s input and advise. I still am not ready to vote fur him but then no one else “stands out”. I am very interested in what they all have to say

  3. In my opinion neither Trump or Carson could win an election for president.
    They have track record and are not equipped for the job.
    I think that Marco Rubio is the most electable candidate and that He would have the
    best chance of beating Hillary. I believe that He is conservative and stands for the things that are important to believers.

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