Friday, September 19, 2008

Poll: Obama failing to move evangelicals 57.2% to 19.9%!


I assure you after nomination of Gov. Palin, the numbers are even more lopsided, more like 67% to 18%.
Boston Globe September 19, 2008 | Michael Paulson

John C. Green, the University of Akron political scientist who is the nation's most prominent scholar of how religious affiliation affects voting behavior, is just releasing new survey data showing that, even before John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, Barack Obama was failing to move evangelicals into his camp.

Green, releasing initial results of his survey, said the most surprising result of his survey was how little had changed since 2004.

"the results would look very similar to 2004, with the high degree of religious polarization.''

A few highlights from Green's study, which was conducted over the summer, before the vice-presidential nominees were chosen and before the national political conventions: * Evangelicals were supporting McCain at nearly the same rate as they were supporting George W. Bush at the same time four years ago, despite Obama's outreach efforts to evangelicals, and despite the fact that McCain does not share the strong personal connection to evangelicalism that Bush expresses.
Green said that evangelical Protestants favored McCain over Obama by 57.2 percent to 19.9 percent. * Mainline Protestants and non-Hispanic Catholics were divided, but leaning slightly toward McCain.

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