World Magazine has been surveying the candidate preferences of over 100 evangelical leaders. As we blogged about a month ago, their pick was Marco Rubio. Today that support is even greater, with 53% of the churchmen saying he is their #1 or #2 choice. The support for Jeff Bush, though, has plummeted.
And Donald Trump is at the very bottom of Republican contenders, with only 5% saying he is #1 or #2, and 81% saying they would never vote for him. That’s rather different from rank-and-file evangelicals, 23% of whom support Trump, though Ben Carson–that other outsider who is also near the top of the polls–has passed him with that demographic at 29%. Carson, the African-American surgeon who is a devout Christian of the Seventh Day Adventist tradition, must not be forgotten. [Read more...]