There’s oodles of news this week about polls, VP’s and McCain’s lesions. But here’s an interesting nugget you might have missed. From Newsmax:

Obama Pulls Fewer Evangelicals Than Kerry

Despite assertions in the press that evangelical Christians are backing Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race, a new survey reveals that he is getting less support than John Kerry did four years ago.

A typical headline, which ran last week in U.S. News & World Report, announced: “Obama Campaign Is Making Progress With Evangelical Voters.”

But the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 25 percent of white evangelicals favor Obama over John McCain, while 26 percent favored John Kerry over President Bush in 2004.

In 2000, Al Gore enjoyed even more support — 28 percent.

“Not that this translates into evangelical enthusiasm for McCain, but the survey is worth noting for no other reason than it challenges the prevailing media assumption about how Obama’s overt religiosity is helping his campaign,” National Review’s Mark Hemingway observes.

And the Pew Center notes: “Obama has made no significant gains among this important constituency.”

The survey also found that 39 percent of white mainline Protestants support Obama, significantly less than the 46 percent who backed Gore in 2000.

And among white, non-Hispanic Catholics, 40 percent favor Obama, compared to 47 percent who supported Kerry and 45 percent who backed Gore.

Four in 10 respondents who said they attend religious services at least once a week are backing Obama, fewer than the 42 percent who favored Kerry.

According to Hemingway, press accounts of Obama’s support among evangelicals are “a classic example of the media trying to force a campaign narrative, regardless of whether it is true.”


  • RedstateEddio

    Most evangelicals who are relatively active and involved in their faith are not going to gloss over abrtion on demand and other liberal social policies that the Obamessish sanctions, no matter who or what the gloss is. No amount of “shine” from Obama is going to persuade me to vote for him simply because he’s a nice guy who says that killing children is OK in any and all circumstances, even if the mom is under age and cannot even drive, vote, or clean up her room properly. Nope, not gonna do it.

    And I’ve read and heard some of the ‘profesional clergy’ who are a part of the Big O entourage, and none of their statements reflect substance. It’s all style, charisma, and charm. Some of them, especially the liberal mainline pastors, are hemorraging members right and left to churches that are more strident in their belief in the concept of absolute truth and a clear picture of Jesus as top dog, not some goofy guru.

  • dw

    I just don’t understand why there is a belief that evangelicals don’t want a Mormom in office. I am an evangelical Christian, and a very strong supporter of Huckabee. Yet, as I considered Romney, my first thought was that many of the same moral values I hold, Mormons also share. So, his faith was not a turn-off.

    Now, the article does include another very key statement: the concern about Romney’s “flip-flop”. I can understand why this might be more of an issue for conservatives and evangelicals. I say this because I can respect someone who holds firm to a position, even if it is one I don’t hold. But, I tend to lose respect for someone who is constantly changing position just to “go with the flow” or because the polls dictate a position.

    • Alaina

      I always felt like Romney made a list of the issues and took whatever the conservative stance was during the primaries… I never really knew if that’s what he believed or if he was just taking a particular stance because that’s what conservatives would want.

  • Alaina

    I think it’s hype. It goes back to the debate we had a few weeks ago… do you vote for the lesser of 2 evils or just don’t vote at all.

  • ShawnN

    What do you think of the media coverage stating that if McCain picks Romney, evangelicals will jump ship?

    More hype or truth?