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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Obama Does Well With the Non-Church Going Crowd

Let me make this very simple.

If you attend religious service frequently then you probably voted for Mitt Romney.

If you don’t go to church that often then you probably voted for President Obama.

That’s not my analysis. That is according to the respected Pew Research Center. Read a partial excerpt below:

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As in other recent elections, those who attend religious services most often exhibited the strongest support for the Republican presidential candidate. Nearly six-in-ten voters who say they attend religious services at least once a week voted for Romney (59%), while 39% backed Obama. Romney received as much support from weekly churchgoers as other Republican candidates have in recent elections.

Those who say they never attend religious services were again among the strongest Democratic supporters in the presidential election. More than six-in-ten voters who say they never attend religious services voted for Obama (62%). Voters who say they attend religious services a few times a month or a few times a year also supported Obama over Romney by a 55% to 43% margin.

Is there anything left to be said? Discuss.

The full poll is here.

posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 3:38 PM | Feedback (17)

The Man to Watch in Evangelical Circles

One person to keep your eye on in evangelical world is the Rev. Sammy Rodriguez. He is president
of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
and has been talking for years about how the Republican Party MUST reach out to the Latino community on issues like immigration and pro-family friendly policies.

He has always been influential within evangelical circles but with the confirmation of the changing electorate in this 2012 election his stock just rose immensely. Here are his comments about what happened Tuesday night.

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"First, permit me to congratulate the President on his re-election. I pray that our President will be used by God to bring our nation together. I pray that he will recognize the image of God in every human being (in and out of the womb), strengthen families, defend religious liberty both domestically and abroad, alleviate poverty, protect our Judeo-Christian value system, and advance the cause of immigration reform.

Second, it's important to understand that our nation stands divided. The outcome of the 2012 Presidential election reinforces the fact that what America needs the most is not a political movement driven by expediency and agendas of man but a prophetic movement driven by the impetus of the cross.

To that respect, I am convinced more than ever that the only agenda that can save America and unite our nation is not the agenda of the donkey or the elephant but the agenda of the Lamb.

The agenda of the Lamb is one of righteousness and justice. We need a multi-ethnic kingdom culture cross driven movement that will reconcile Billy Graham's message with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march.

In other words, we need a movement committed to protecting life and alleviating poverty, strengthening marriages and doing justice in the name of Jesus. It can no longer be either or, it must be both and.

In order to protect our Judeo Christian value system, defend the image of God in every human being (in and out of the womb), secure religious freedom, reform the culture, transform our political discourse and usher in a new awakening, we must reconcile truth with love, conviction with compassion, sanctification with service and holiness with humility.

It's time to reconcile Billy Graham's message of righteousness with Dr. King's march for justice. It's time to focus, not on the left or the right but on the power of He who is on high for the purpose of lifting up the low. Behold the Lamb."

posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 3:32 PM | Feedback (4)

Evangelicals and the 2012 Election

Conservative evangelicals did their part in this election and Mitt Romney came close on Election Day because he had huge support from them. The issue is that the electorate is changing and the GOP is going to have to not just reach out to generic “evangelicals.” They are going to have to specifically micro-target Hispanic evangelicals and younger evangelicals.

Here are the numbers: According to a Public Opinion Strategies poll done by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition,78% of evangelicals voted for Romney compared to 21% for Obama. That’s pretty good considering just 73% of evangelicals voted for McCain in 2008. That 78% nearly equaled Bush’s percentage of the evangelical vote in 2004 when he got 79%.

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Also, the evangelical vote was 27% of the electorate, the highest it’s ever been for an election.

Other numbers: Catholic voters who regularly attend mass went 67% to 32% for Romney. Romney also won white Catholics by a margin of 59% to 40%. However Obama won Catholics overall because he over performed among Hispanic Catholics.

Ralph Reed says the following:

“It was a very impressive performance in terms of his support among voters of faith. It obviously was not enough, but there's no question that in what was an incumbent retention election, it was always going to be very close, and very tight, that the increased turnout of these voters, and the extent to which they broke more heavily for the republican nominee than they did four years ago gave Mitt Romney a fighting chance."

More info here.

posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:30 PM | Feedback (0)