Despite Bible Verse Gaffe, Donald Trump's Support Among Evangelicals Increases

| by Sean Kelly
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Donald Trump’s support among evangelical Christians increased, despite a recent gaffe referencing “Two Corinthians.”

During a speech at Liberty University, in Virginia, Trump used the phrase “Two Corinthians” in reference to a Bible verse rather than “Second Corinthians” as is commonly said. 

Despite the gaffe, Trump’s support among evangelicals in a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll rose 5 points to 37 percent. Rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who recently mocked Trump’s gaffe, stands at 20 percent among evangelicals. 

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson came in at 11 percent, while Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida garnered 10 percent. 

“I'm not surprised I'm doing very well with the evangelicals,” Trump said in an interview on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," reports The Hill.

“I've had a great relationship with the people of Iowa. I'm doing really well with evangelicals. I'm a religious person. I've been going to Sunday school for a long time ... Frankly, I'm a believer."

Trump was previously thought to be losing ground with evangelicals, according to "The Atlantic," with many church leaders denouncing the billionaire real estate mogul. 

Sources: The Hill, The Atlantic / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons