Who Wants to Make America Great Again? Understanding Evangelical Support for Donald Trump

@article{Margolis2020WhoWT,
  title={Who Wants to Make America Great Again? Understanding Evangelical Support for Donald Trump},
  author={Michele F. Margolis},
  journal={Politics and Religion},
  year={2020},
  volume={13},
  pages={89 - 118}
}
  • M. Margolis
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • Sociology
  • Politics and Religion
Abstract White evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, producing extensive debate as to who evangelicals are, what it means to be an evangelical in the United States today, and whether the electoral results are surprising or not. This paper offers empirical clarity to this protracted discussion by asking and answering a series of questions related to Trump's victory in general and his support from white evangelicals in particular. In doing so, the analyses show… 
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