Hannah Chan is eagerly anticipating Easter Sunday, the most important date in the Christian calendar.
She, her husband Leo and their 16-year-old daughter plan to dress up, go to church and have an afternoon supper with friends.
“This Easter we will be spending at a new church, so we are really looking forward to coming together with the community,” she says with a smile.
Chan, 45, became a Christian growing up in Hong Kong, where she attended the city’s Baptist University and met her husband before moving to the US in 2002. Eventually the family settled in Cary, NC, and Hannah said she has since enjoyed meteoric success as a real-estate agency owner, starting with a $600 course to get her license.
But first and foremost, Chan identifies as a Christian — and that extends to every part of her life, including politics.
“My beliefs go with me in the voting booth,” she said. “Christians want to support the leader who will have a backbone. And who will stand up for all others to protect religious freedom. That protection is why my family came to the United States.”
For her, that meant a vote for Donald Trump in 2020, and she isn’t alone. White evangelical and conservative Christian voters robustly supported Trump’s reelection last November. Exit numbers show he earned 76 percent of their support — just 5 percentage points less than in 2016, according to exit poll data.
Trump also carried the Catholic vote by 15 percentage points over Biden, a practicing Catholic, although that support was far less than the 33 point margin he beat Hillary Clinton with in 2016.
Trump’s rough talk may have put off some religious voters the second time around, but many forgave him for his rhetoric, said Pastor Andy Doll, who runs the Bible Baptist Church in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
“We all fail,” Doll said of Trump’s rhetoric. “I mean, really, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ, I have yet to meet a perfect candidate or a perfect Christian.”
A post 2020 election Gallup survey showed about one-fourth of all US voters are white evangelical Christians. The other quarter define themselves as non-believers, while the rest are a mix of Catholics and non-Christian religious voters.
In the Trump era, faith voters regained some of the cultural capital they had lost in the past 30 years. During his first campaign, he repeatedly said he would back religious freedom issues, and he proved it after his inauguration with the Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty Executive Order, which gave regulatory relief to companies who objected to an ObamaCare mandate for contraception in health care.