Poll Spot

How Americans View Evangelical Voters

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2008-09

According to this new poll, evangelicals will have a significant effect on the election outcome (59% of American adults said this was either “very” or “somewhat accurate” regarding evangelical voters). 59% believe evangelicals will cause the political conversation to be more conservative and 56% think that evangelicals will spend too much time complaining and not […]

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Southern Evangelicals’ Attitudes on Torture

Sponsor: Mercer University/Faith in Public Life
Released: 2008-09

Close to six-in-ten white evangelicals in the South say that torture can be often (20%) or sometimes (37%) justified in order to gain important information. Among those influenced by Christian teachings, a majority (52%) oppose torture – 14 points higher than white evangelicals in the South overall. A majority (52%) agree with the Golden Rule […]

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Young Evangelical Christians and the 2008 Election

Sponsor: Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly
Released: 2008-09

Key findings: John McCain is solidly winning white evangelical Christians on the ballot. Young evangelical Christians are less likely to support McCain’s candidacy. Young white evangelical Christians also are less likely to give McCain a positive favorability rating than white evangelicals over age 30. Young evangelical Christians display generational differences on some key social issues.

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Baylor Religion Survey

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2008-09

Even with congregations of more than 1,000 members, the Baylor Religion Survey found that megachurches surprisingly are more intimate communities than small congregations of less than 100 members. During the past 63 years, several polls show the percentage of atheists has not changed at all, holding steady at only 4 percent of Americans who say […]

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The Fifth National Survey of Religion and Politics: A Baseline for the 2008 Election

Sponsor: University of Akron/Ray C. Bliss Institute of Advanced Politics
Released: 2008-09

This poll found that evangelicals were supporting McCain at nearly the same rate as they were supporting George W. Bush at the same time four years ago. Evangelical Protestants favored McCain over Obama by 57.2 percent to 19.9 percent margin. Also, Mainline Protestants and non-Hispanic Catholics were divided, but leaning slightly toward McCain. Obama was […]

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