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White Evangelical Trump Supporters, Pt 1



The first of two episodes centered on interviews with 10 White Evangelical Trump voters. Timeline:

0:00- Intro/”Family Therapist Soapbox Time”
10:00- Why did you vote for Donald Trump?
13:40- How central was abortion to your vote for Trump?
15:00- “Ellen Mauro: Abortion Maniac”: Polling data and the importance of abortion in the 2016 election.
24:07- What does the Gospel mean to you?
27:34- How should the teachings of Jesus inform a voter?
36:37- What do you see in Donald Trump?
39:20- “Agree to disagree”: John Ward and Trump’s changing of the climate of truth
46:15- “Cultural Drift”
54:33- What has Trump done that is good for the nation?
58:40- Is there anything Donald Trump could do to cause you to question your support?
1:04:21- Has Trump done anything that you’ve disapproved of?

Pew study mentioned: http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/4-top-voting-issues-in-2016-election/
Lifeway Poll mentioned: https://lifewayresearch.com/2016/10/14/2016-election-exposes-evangelical-divide/
Jon Ward (Yahoo! News): https://www.yahoo.com/author/jon-ward/

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Is That “81%” Statistic Reliable? A Closer Look at Evangelicals



Ellen and Dan speak with journalists & polling experts — Roxanne Stone of BARNA Group, Jon Ward of Yahoo! News and Robert P. Jones of Public Religion Research Institute — to wrap their heads around that infamous statistic (81% of white Evangelicals voting for Trump), understand what it means, and to dig deeper both into the present and the past of Evangelicalism amongst white Americans.  Also, we find out whether or not Ellen is, in fact, an Evangelical!

01:15- “Dan-splaining”: What is the hosting relationship? Who did the 19% vote for?

03:30- Episode summary

06:00- “The Religious White”: Roxanne Stone and the classification of Evangelical voters

10:40- “Is Ellen an Evangelical?”: The BARNA Group’s Evangelical test

15:30- Trump’s numbers amongst BARNA-certified Evangelicals

20:40- Robert Jones and changes in white, Evangelical America

25:40- “Evil tug O’ war”: A vote FOR Trump, or a vote AGAINST Hillary?

33:00- “Visceral dislike”: Why did Evangelicals have such a hard time with Hillary?

43:00- BARNA’s data on the election scandals, and how they influenced voters

52:00- Parallel institutions

01:01:00- Religious Liberty/Obergefell and white Evangelicals

01:09:20- “A note of compassion”: Closing thoughts

Find out/read more:
Roxanne Stone:

Roxanne Stone

John Ward:
https://www.yahoo.com/author/jon-ward/

Last season’s episode featuring Robert P. Jones:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/depolarize-podcast/id1163609659?mt=2&i=406478725
His writing: https://www.prri.org/staff/robert-p-jones-ph-d/

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White Evangelicals Who Don’t Support Trump, Pt 2



Dan & Ellen continue their interviews of White Evangelicals who did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. This episode is best listened to after Part 1.

Timeline:

0:00- Intro/Recap

2:42- Why did you NOT vote for Trump?

8:02- Did you ever consider voting for Trump?

8:40- Did you even give him a chance?

11:35- Is there anything Trump could do to make you support him?

22:40- Did you have religious reasons for voting against Trump?

27:39- “The OPENEST hearts”: Policy vs. character.

30:53- “CROSS talk”: Why do some Christians think it’s wrong to vote for Trump?

38:32- What does the term “evangelical” mean to you?

47:33- Do you still consider yourself an evangelical?

52:42- Next week on Depolarize! Podcast

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White Evangelicals Who Don’t Support Trump, Pt 1



In the Season 2 premiere, Dan Koch and Ellen Mauro interview 6 White Evangelical Christians, none of whom voted for nor actively support Donald Trump.  These voters are a partial sample of the other side of White Evangelicals, who infamously voted for Trump at an 81% rate in 2016; these, you might say, are the other 19%.  Episode timeline:

0:00 – Intro & Season 2 Preview

05:42 – Meet our Voters

08:40 – Pro Life?  Whole Life?

16:15 – Are they really Christians?

18:45 – Are their churches overtly political?

22:30 – Do they understand Jesus and politics differently?

31:15 – Dan feels “convicted”

34:30 – What do they love about America?

43:15 – How it feels to be in the minority

48:00 – What they wish Trump-supporting Christians understood about them.

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