@mitwit I think that really depends on who you ask - books have been written about the modern meaning of the term. Recently the media has associated the term with specific political leanings, though the word itself should just mean someone who proclaims the Gospel of Jesus.
Here is some more food for thought:
In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, the name “evangelical” was adopted and used widely by educated conservative Christians who affirmed the so-called “fundamentals of the faith” – for example, the deity of Christ, the authority of the Bible, and the importance of personal conversion – but who wished to be distinguished from the perceived anti-intellectual, separatist, and belligerent tendencies of the Fundamentalist movement of the 1920s and 30s. Individuals such as Billy Graham, Carl F. H. Henry, and Harold John Ockenga, and various institutions including Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, and Fuller Theological Seminary, played key roles in this development.
As you’ve correctly observed, today’s news media have given the terms “fundamentalist” and “evangelical” special meanings and definitions of their own. In some circles, a “fundamentalist” is anyone who is perceived to hold “extreme” or “radical” religious views of any description. “Evangelical,” on the other hand, seems to have taken on a primarily political significance: most media outlets use it to refer to “right-wing conservative Christians,” particularly those who are thought to have a carefully defined social and political “agenda.”
Some have said they don’t want to use the label anymore, embarrassed because of its identification with Donald Trump. But that’s backwards. It’s not the label that supported Trump, it’s people—White Evangelicals, primarily. But it’s not politics that unite all Evangelicals; it’s the gospel.