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In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High
Christianity Today ^ | 11/7/2012 | Tobin Grant and Ted Olsen

Posted on 11/11/2012 10:43:47 AM PST by daniel1212

While evangelical leaders have long protested that evangelicalism is politically diverse and is a theological identifier rather than a political one, it appears that evangelicals are more politically unified than ever before...

We know less about evangelical voters this year than we did four years ago because exit polls did not ask as many voters about being a "born again or evangelical" Christian. According to pre-election polls, white evangelicals backed Romney by nearly a four-to-one margin. Romney received a larger slice of the evangelical vote than any previous Republican presidential candidate. At nearly 80 percent, evangelical support for Romney was as strong—and perhaps even stronger—than the support Romney received from Mormons.

If further analysis bears such a figure out, it will be a dramatic benchmark in conservative Protestant voting trends. In 1982, exit polls showed an even 50-50 split of self-identified "born again" voters between Republican and Democratic candidates. That shifted to a 2-to-1 split favoring Republicans in the later '80s and throughout the 1990s. Even when some exit polls shifted the question to ask whether voters were "members of the religious right," two-thirds of such respondents supported Republican candidates. In 2004, "born again or evangelical" voters voted 3-to-1 for Bob Dole. In 2008, Democrats rebounded somewhat, with Obama receiving 29 percent of "born again/evangelical" support to John McCain's 71 percent. To put a four-to-one margin in perspective: It's the same percentage of self-identified Republicans who voted for George H. W. Bush in 1988...

The high water mark for evangelical support for Romney was in Mississippi. Half of the voters in Mississippi were white evangelicals (up from 43 percent in 2008). Of these, 96 percent said they voted for Romney. In comparison, 94 percent of African-Americans in the state voted for Obama...

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Perhaps not as highly unified as the title says, but the most conservative religious voting block. This is an excerpt [limit 300 words], you can see the rest here: In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High

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1 posted on 11/11/2012 10:44:02 AM PST by daniel1212
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Ping


2 posted on 11/11/2012 10:46:56 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

I think the more important question with Evangelicals is, how many simply didn’t vote for either guy? A larger percentage of a smaller base does a candidate no good.


3 posted on 11/11/2012 10:49:36 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: daniel1212

do Christians know what being Christian is?


4 posted on 11/11/2012 10:52:09 AM PST by the_daug
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To: dirtboy

Im not one of the new term “evangalicals” but I didnt vote for either baby killing same sex marriage pusher...

Put me down as (blood bought, Bible believing) Christian


5 posted on 11/11/2012 11:08:06 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

I’ll just put you down as somebody who doesn’t give a damn about what happens to America.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 11:18:36 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Typical. Enjoy your government cheese, serf.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 11:30:07 AM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: daniel1212
After Election 2012: Living in the 'New Moral Landscape'

Should that not be AMORAL???

8 posted on 11/11/2012 11:56:50 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: dirtboy

I’m in that group


9 posted on 11/11/2012 11:57:36 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: the_daug
do Christians know what being Christian is?

Not many do...


 

John 6:28-29

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”


1 John 3:21-24

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 11:58:40 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
I’ll just put you down as somebody who doesn’t give a damn about what happens to America.

You do that quite well!

11 posted on 11/11/2012 11:59:51 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
Enjoy your government cheese, serf.

We WANT you on that wall.

We NEED you on that wall!

12 posted on 11/11/2012 12:00:37 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: daniel1212

It depends on who the opponent is. Obama was for Evangelicals what he was for African-Americans — a rallying point. One group rallied against him, the other group for, but one can’t expect every election is going to produce the same result (at least for evangelicals — sometimes it looks like it does for Blacks). Another race with different candidates might not produce the same result.


13 posted on 11/11/2012 12:06:44 PM PST by x
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

rofl,.....heehee


14 posted on 11/11/2012 12:13:07 PM PST by annieokie
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To: dirtboy

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, an organization in Duluth, Ga., dedicated to educating and mobilizing people of faith to be effective citizens, revealed that the evangelical vote increased to 27 percent this year, with 78 percent of them voting for Romney and 21 percent for Obama. http://www.citizenlink.com/2012/11/08/surveys-evangelical-electorate-vote-increases/


15 posted on 11/11/2012 12:19:24 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: x

A valid statement, but as the article shows, this conservative majority has been the case for a long time and is manifest in many areas: http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/How-the-Faithful-Voted-2012-Preliminary-Exit-Poll-Analysis.aspx
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2956727/posts?page=119#119http://www.peacebyjesus.com/RC-Stats_vs._Evang.html#POLITICAL


16 posted on 11/11/2012 12:29:35 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: the_daug

Apparently at least 20% do not, though we all should do better in living out the faith.


17 posted on 11/11/2012 12:31:10 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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ping


18 posted on 11/11/2012 12:31:25 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd; Tennessee Nana
Hey, retread noob, I didn't vote for either one myself.

I cheerfully cast my NYS throwaway vote for president as a protest vote for a third party candidate.

And ideologically, there is no difference between Romney and obama. They are supporting the same agenda. The only difference is the method to their madness, or plans of destruction of the US.

Romney is just willing to go slower.

Ultimately that may benefit us that he lost.

Throw a frog in a pot of boiling water and he'll jump out. Turn up the heat slowly enough and he'll cook.

19 posted on 11/11/2012 12:36:46 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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