Despite building part of his fortune from gambling, a documented history of social liberalism, and biblical knowledge that would raise the eyebrows of any Sunday school teacher, Donald Trump is a favorite among evangelical Republican voters.
More so than other GOP candidates, Trump’s God complex seems to be more of a strategic move than a spiritual awakening. Always the savvy businessman, Trump surely understands the importance of taking God on the campaign trail, even if He’s got a behind-the-scenes role. The Holy Ghost polls well with his party’s voters.
Still, demographic shifts that are just beginning to take effect raise the question: How long will political candidates’ religious views continue to matter to voters?
To read about how – and why – the role of religion might change, click on “Will religion always matter to voters?”
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