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Tele-Press Conference: New Exit Poll Data on Religious Vote to Be Released

November 14, 2006, 1:54 pm | Posted by katie

A new exit poll offering explanations of the substantial shift in religious voters in the midterm elections will be released on a press teleconference on Wednesday.

The new exit poll, commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will show the impact of a growing movement of religious groups urging voters to consider ‘kitchen table’ moral issues like peace in Iraq and poverty. These findings have implications for the priorities faith voters will be looking for in the new Congress, and how the values vote may impact 2008.

Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and author of God’s Politics, Tom Perriello, co-founder of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Katie Barge, Director of Communications Strategy for Faith in Public Life, will unveil and discuss the poll’s findings. The poll of 16,477 voters nationwide, including 4,186 Catholics, 3,807 Born-again Christians and 6,032 weekly or more church attendees was conducted by Zogby International on November 7-10.

Some initial findings include:

• Faith groups urging people to vote according to kitchen table moral issues had a 20-point higher national favorability rating and a 20-point lower unfavorable rating than religious groups urging people to vote according to abortion and same-sex marriage. This difference was even starker between Catholic groups.

• In Ohio – an epicenter of faith organizing – religious groups urging people to vote according to kitchen table moral issues had a 25-point higher favorability rating and a 26-point lower unfavorable rating than those urging people to vote according to the wedge issues.

• Iraq was considered the “moral issue that most affected your vote” by 45.8% of voters, almost 6 times as many voters as abortion and almost 5 times as many as same-sex marriage. Iraq was the top moral issue among Catholics, Born-again Christians and frequent church attendees.

• Poverty and economic justice topped the list of “most urgent moral problem in American culture.”

• When Catholics were asked to name the most important value guiding their vote, 67% chose “A commitment to the common good – the good of all not just the few” while 22% chose “Opposing policies such as legal abortion, gay marriage, and embryonic stem cell research.”

WHO: Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners/Call to Renewal

Tom Perriello, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Katie Barge, Faith in Public Life

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15 at 11 AM Eastern

WHERE: Call-in number: 1-800-658-0035

Password: Exit Poll

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