A new Pew Research Center national survey released Thursday shows that President Donald Trump's approval rating is declining among demographic groups that previously gave him relatively high numbers, particularly among evangelicals.
According to Pew, Trump's approval rating among white evangelical Protestants fell 17 percentage points from February to December, down 78 percent to 61 percent. Eighty-one percent of white evangelical voters backed Trump in the 2016 presidential election, NPR reported.
Although the decline was not as pronounced, Trump's approval rating also declined among adults 50 and older (47 to 38 percent) and white (49 percent to 41 percent). As Axios noted, Trump's approval rating remained the same or decreased among all Pew demographic groups surveyed.
The survey was conducted from November 29 to December 4 among 1,503 participants from across the country, a period during which Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. According to a new HuffPost / YouGov poll taken after Flynn's statement, half of Americans thought that the ties between Russia and the Trump team were a legitimate problem.
Trump's approval rating has reached record lows during his first term, and the latest Pew survey is no exception. He found that 32 percent of respondents approved Trump's job performance while 63 percent disapproved.