I honestly thought that there were some holdouts on this degeneracy, but this poll confirms my fears.
In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.” Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.
It’s just one poll, but it does suggest a sizable shift in how Americans of several religious stripes think about the connection between morality and politics. White evangelicals also are less likely than they used to be to say that “strong religious beliefs” are “very important” in a presidential candidate. That share fell from 64 percent in 2011 to 49 percent this year.
Of the groups depicted in this chart, white evangelicals are by far most likely to support Trump. At the other end, unaffiliated people are most likely to support Clinton.
The data in this poll could mean that Trump has inspired some people to loosen their views on whether it’s OK to vote for someone with a questionable past. Aside from the allegations of sexual misconduct, Trump also said at one point in 2015 that he didn’t think he had ever asked God for forgiveness. He also drew jeers when he made reference to “Two Corinthians,” which Christians normally call “Second Corinthians.”
What greater proof do you need that Bill Clinton won the culture war than that even supposed religious people don’t care about morality in their leaders?