Donald Trump polling stronger with evangelicals than Mitt Romney four years ago

Donald Trump does not speak often about his Christian faith, but it’s not a problem for many evangelical voters.

A new poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center shows that 78 percent of white evangelical voters would vote for Trump if the election were held today. That’s higher than the 73 percent of evangelicals who voiced support for Mitt Romney, an active member of the Mormon Church, at the same point in the 2012 presidential race.

The survey, which queried 2,245 voters and was conducted June 15-26, found about a third of white evangelical respondents said they strongly support Trump’s campaign. By contrast, about a one-quarter of evangelicals said they “strongly” supported Romney at this point four years ago.

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Evangelicals are a key voting bloc for Republicans. White evangelical Protestants make up one-fifth of all registered voters in the U.S. and, according to Pew, one-third of all voters who say they identify with or lean Republican.

Despite winning over the support of a majority of evangelicals throughout the Republican primary, many remain divided and are concerned about the depth of Trump’s faith. Earlier this year, Trump, a Presbyterian, drew scorn from some religious leaders after he inaccurately cited “Two” Corinthians during a speech at Liberty University. The more common expression is “Second” Corinthians.

In recent weeks the presumptive GOP nominee has visited with evangelicals in large groups and in one-on-one meetings.

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and a high-profile evangelical leader, said following a recent visit with the billionaire businessman that he had accepted a relationship with Christ.

“And I believe he really made a commitment. He’s a baby Christian,” Dobson said of Trump.