A quarter of Americans believe God wanted Donald Trump to be president. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. The network is strongly supportive of the President and popular with conservative audiences, so the poll should be viewed in light of Fox News’ pro-Trump agenda.
The poll was inspired by recent comments from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who caused some controversy by saying God wanted Trump to win the White House. Trump enjoys significant support from conservative Christians, especially Evangelicals, which this poll bears out.
Fox News found that 25% of respondents believed God wanted Trump to president, while 62% did not. Significantly, 55% of white Evangelicals agreed that God wanted Trump in the nation’s top job. The numbers are far lower among mainline Protestants (36%) and Catholics (20%).
Unsurprisingly, 46% of Trump voters agreed that Trump’s win was God’s will, though the poll also claims that 8% of Hillary Clinton voters thought so, too. This may come as a surprise to people who supported Clinton in 2016.
Among Republicans, 45% believe God wanted Trump to be president, and just 9% of Democrats. If accurate, these numbers suggest that the overlap between self-identifying Republicans and Trump supporters remains strong. However, many Trump supporters aren’t willing to say that Trump is God’s choice.
The President won over Evangelical voters during the 2016 election, despite his lack of religious credentials and sometimes laughable attempts to appear pious. However, many religious voters have been willing to overlook Trump’s flaws because his administration supports their social policies, particularly on issues like abortion.