White Evangelicals are the only religious group to believe the 2020 election was stolen from President Trump, new news says Public Religion Research Institute Survey.
The poll, released Monday, found that 31% of all Americans believe “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump,” while 67% reject the idea.
But among white evangelicals, the belief in a stolen election is popular. Exactly six in 10 (60%) white evangelicals believe the election was stolen – significantly more than White Catholics (40%), White Protestants (37%), Hispanic Catholics (19%) and Black Protestants (18%)).
The survey also revealed a major political divide on the issue, with 68% of Republicans but just 26% of Independents and 6% of Democrats believing the election was stolen.
Republicans who trust Fox News (82%) and far-right news (97%) are more likely than Republicans who trust mainstream news (44%) to believe the election was stolen.
In light of Republicans dominating Democrats this year in nationwide contests, some conservatives have urged the right to stop talking about the 2020 election.
“Democrats literally lost Virginia, a state they completely controlled,” radio host said Erick Erickson wrote on his Facebook page. Erickson rejected the theories of a stolen election. “They lost the judiciary in PA, which they controlled. They lost to a terrifying dog catcher across the country.… Shut up about the stolen elections that weren’t stolen because I assure you. that Democrats would have stolen some of the 2021 election if they could, but they couldn’t, so they didn’t.
Last year, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Said Trump was “endangering” his legacy by claiming the election was stolen. Even before the 2020 election, Trump had said he “could only lose the election if the election was rigged,” Mohler noted. Mohler compared the situation to sport.
“It is not an act of integrity to participate in an athletic or sports competition by pretending that there is no way to lose the game, the game or the game, unless the situation is rigged.” , Mohler said. “It would be considered illegitimate from the start.”
The survey included interviews with 2,508 adults.
Mohler: Trump ‘endangers’ his legacy and America’s reputation with rigged election comments
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have been published in Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.