A key group of conservative Christian voters who helped secure Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential victory is expected to support
him in even higher, near-unanimous numbers in the upcoming election, but for very different reasons.
According to a new election survey by veteran researcher Dr. George Barna, it is likely that 96% of SAGE Cons (an acronym that stands for Spiritually Active Governance Engaged Conservative Christians) will vote for Trump based on his achievements of the past four years.
Less than one-half of one percent of the group are expected to vote for Joe Biden, according to the new survey commissioned by the Family Research Council (FRC).
Although SAGE Cons represent only about 9% of the population, they are expected to have an outsized influence on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. Dr. Barna has identified SAGE Cons as President Trump’s single, most united body of supporters last election. In 2016 a whopping 91% of SAGE Cons voted and 93% of them voted for Trump.
Unlike four years ago when they cast their vote against his opponent, Hillary Clinton, because of her public policy positions, this
new survey shows that SAGE Cons this election will cast their ballots for Trump based on his administration’s record. A separate survey earlier this year, the American Worldview Inventory 2020 conducted by Dr. Barna and the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, found that nearly half of SAGE Cons possess a biblical worldview, making them more than seven times more likely than other adults to do so. They strongly hold to traditional biblical teachings, tend to be more politically conservative, and are highly likely to put their worldview into action when they vote.
As Dr. Barna, CRC Director of Research and veteran researcher and author of both surveys, said recently: “The 2020 election is not about personalities, parties, or even politics. It is an election to determine the dominant worldview in America.”
The new FRC survey found that the key issues impactful the SAGE Con vote are similar to those that influenced them in 2016, but substantially different from the issues that are influencing other adults this year.
The key issues identified in the FRC survey suggest SAGE Cons vote with their biblical worldview in mind, including concern about the issues of life, religious freedom, and the importance of federal court appointments. The survey found that they rated America’s morals and values as the sixth most significant issue influencing their vote in the election.
Read the full report here.