A new poll conducted by Fox News found that about 1 in 4 voters believed that God wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.
The poll was conducted after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she believed God wanted Donald Trump to be president in a January interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” Sanders said at the time. “I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The poll found that 25 percent of voters believed that God wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election, while 62 percent of voters did not agree. Fourteen percent said they were unsure.
More than half of white evangelical Christians, 55 percent, believe that God played a role in Trump’s presidency, the poll found. Among Protestants and Catholics that number dropped to 36 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
The poll also found that Trump voters were nearly six times as likely than those who voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election to believe that God wanted Trump to win the presidency, with 46 of Trump voters supporting the idea, compared with 8 percent of Clinton voters.
Forty-five percent of GOP voters said they believe God helped Trump’s election victory, while 9 percent of Democrats shared in that belief. Thirty-seven percent of Republicans said they did not believe God wanted Trump to be president, while 18 percent said they did not know. Eighty-four percent of Democrats rejected the idea, while 7 percent said they did not know.
Among independents, 14 percent said they believed God had wanted Trump to become president, while 65 percent said they disagreed and 20 percent said they did not know.
Fox News said its poll surveyed 1,004 registered voters between February 10 and 12, with a margin error of 3 percentage points.