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.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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