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Obama yet to win over evangelicals
Christian Today ^ | 13 August 2008 | Jennifer Riley

Posted on 08/13/2008 11:43:31 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

The evangelical community is the only faith segment that Barack Obama has not won the majority support of, a new survey found.

Out of 19 faith communities polled by The Barna Group, all but evangelicals favour Democratic presidential hopeful Obama over Republican John McCain, reveals The Barna Group survey released on Monday.

Among evangelicals (carefully defined by Barna using a nine-question qualification process) who are likely to vote in November, 61 per cent supported McCain compared to 17 per cent for Obama.

But Obama is significantly more popular among other faith communities, including nominal Christians (44 per cent vs 28 per cent for McCain); people aligned with faiths other than Christianity (56 per cent vs 24 per cent); atheists and agnostics (55 per cent vs 17 per cent); Catholics (39 per cent vs 29 per cent); and Protestants (43 per cent vs 32 per cent).

Perhaps most notable is that even non-evangelical born-again Christians favour Obama over McCain. If their support is maintained until November, it will be the first time in more than two decades that the born-again vote has swung towards the Democratic candidate.

Born-again Christians are defined as people who say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and who also believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour.

Evangelicals, on the other hand, meet the born-again criteria plus seven other conditions.

Barna surveys ask respondents to answer a series of questions in order to determine whether they qualify for the born-again or evangelical category. Most other surveys, however, only ask respondents for self-description, which can lead to inaccurate results.

The nationwide survey also found a decline in support for Obama in several faith segments over the past two months. Obama’s lead among non-evangelical born-again Christians is down nine points, Protestant support fell 13 points, and favourability among Catholics declined 11 points.

“While some Christian voters seem to be questioning their early support for Obama, the McCain candidacy does not seem to be gaining momentum among evangelicals,” according to the Barna report. “Since June, the current level of support Senator McCain has among evangelical voters has declined significantly (dropping from 78 per cent to 61 per cent).”

George Barna, who directed the study, said while there is still “decided preference” for Obama among the Christian community, the more conservative part of the Christian population is “slowly coming to grips with what an Obama presidency might be like”.

“As the finer points of a wide range of issues are clarified by each nominee, the initial excitement about Senator Obama has lost some luster to an increasing number of people whose vote is influenced by their spiritual perspectives,” Barna said. “If Senator McCain converts such apprehensions into votes, this will be a closer race than many have anticipated."

The report is based upon telephone interviews conducted by The Barna Group with a random sample of 1,003 adults selected from across the United States in August 2008.


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008electionstrategy; 2008polls; abortion; barna; bornagain; christianvote; culturewar; electionpresident; evangelicals; godgap; homosexualagenda; mccain; nobama08; obama; religiousleft; samesexmarriage; thebarnagroup
Out of 19 faith communities polled by The Barna Group, all but evangelicals favour Democratic presidential hopeful Obama over Republican John McCain, reveals The Barna Group survey released on Monday.

Here are the polling numbers from the article:
61% McCain, 17% Obama: Evangelicals
28% McCain, 44% Obama: nominal Christians
29% McCain, 39% Obama: Catholics
32% McCain, 43% Obama: Protestants
24% McCain, 56% Obama: "faiths other than Christianity"
17% McCain, 55% Obama: atheists and agnostics

Notice how other coverage spins the story in different directions:

Life News: Poll Shows Evangelical Christians Back McCain, Catholics Mostly Undecided
The Atlantic Monthly: Obama Leads Among Christians
Dot Commonweal: New Barna Group Survey on Religion and the Presidential Election
Bostom.com: Signs of change among faith voters?



1 posted on 08/13/2008 11:43:32 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Catholics? Not real ones.


2 posted on 08/13/2008 11:45:33 AM PDT by steve8714 (Curtis Strange ruined a man better than himself.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Real evangelicals voting for Obama would have to be preceded by a precipitous thermal decline in the lower reaches of perdition.
3 posted on 08/13/2008 11:47:51 AM PDT by tbpiper (NObama '08 - Unfit in any color)
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To: Alex Murphy
including nominal Christians

"Nominal Christians" is a Faith Community???

4 posted on 08/13/2008 11:51:05 AM PDT by arthurus
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To: arthurus
"Nominal Christians" is a Faith Community???

I believe they're considered a Hope Community.

5 posted on 08/13/2008 11:54:45 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: arthurus

Yup - and they also include agnostics and atheists as a segment of the “faith community”.

Go figure.


6 posted on 08/13/2008 11:55:06 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Alex Murphy
“while there is still ‘decided preference’ for Obama among the Christian community”

BS. He wouldn't be chastising his “base” for clinging to religion if he really had the support.

7 posted on 08/13/2008 11:59:21 AM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: Joann37

How is his support from non-practicing muslim absent fathers?


8 posted on 08/13/2008 12:00:52 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: Alex Murphy

“Obama yet to win over evangelicals”

He believes in executing babies for the crime of having survived an abortion attempt. I fail to see how any christian worthy of the name could back the man.


9 posted on 08/13/2008 12:01:32 PM PDT by Grunthor (Dems want to destroy America, Republicans just want to be Dems.)
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To: Joann37

Nice how they lumped Jews and Muslims in together, isn’t it?
I think this is just another skewed survey designed to make the Messiah appear as HE WHO heals all the world’s ills, including those pesky religious rifts.


10 posted on 08/13/2008 12:02:27 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Alex Murphy

add this one:

http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=89875

“A new Gallup Poll claims to show that registered voters who say religion is important in their lives tend to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain by a margin of 50 to 40 percent, while those who say religion is unimportant to their lives tend to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama by a margin of 55 to 36 percent.”


11 posted on 08/13/2008 12:02:52 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: arthurus

“Nominal Christians” = Methodists/Episcopalians.

;-) (yes, just joking)


12 posted on 08/13/2008 12:03:38 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: Alex Murphy
( Obama yet to win over evangelicals )
Obama and the MSM to the Christian evangelicals : " Racists !! ".
13 posted on 08/13/2008 12:08:12 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Grunthor

I am not a Christian and don’t claim to be one but I don’t understand it either.


14 posted on 08/13/2008 12:08:51 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: Alex Murphy
The evangelical community is the only faith segment that Barack Obama has not won the majority support of, a new survey found.

The only religious group not completely given over to crack monkey craziness.

; and Protestants (43 per cent vs 32 per cent).

Christianity Today, right? You'd think someone there'd be aware that "evangelical" is a subset of "protestant".

even non-evangelical born-again Christians

Barna's categories need to be carefully scrutinized.

"McCain. Slightly less heinous."

15 posted on 08/13/2008 12:15:13 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Whatever that raving thug false prophet in Florida is called, I want to be called something else.)
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To: steve8714

You got that right. Did you hear about that Bishop,can’t remember his name,who said voting for a pro-choice candidate was sinful.


16 posted on 08/13/2008 12:23:34 PM PDT by red irish (Gods Children in the womb are to be loved too!)
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To: Alex Murphy
39% of Catholics want Obama... that is scandalous, and very depressing. Any Catholic that votes for a pro-abort, pro-infanticide candidate should be excommunicated.
17 posted on 08/13/2008 12:32:27 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Alex Murphy
Shouldn't headline be:

Obama fails to win over infidels


18 posted on 08/13/2008 12:40:01 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Alex Murphy

I don’t think Obama will win over evangelicals or the REAL Catholics.


19 posted on 08/13/2008 12:43:28 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: God luvs America

Thanks for that link.


20 posted on 08/13/2008 12:47:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: diamond6
IMO, I think that more than 70% of all church going religious people practice situational ethics.

FWIW-

21 posted on 08/13/2008 1:04:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Congress would steal the nickels off a dead man's eye's...............)
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To: Lee N. Field
Christianity Today, right?

Nope - Christian Today, out of Australia. Different news source altogether.

22 posted on 08/13/2008 1:08:16 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Satan would win a majority vote from “Christians” these days. Sheeeesh. How content-free can a person’s faith get?


23 posted on 08/13/2008 1:09:46 PM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: Alex Murphy

did you see this in the news forum?

Bashing Barna

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2061335/posts


24 posted on 08/13/2008 1:11:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Alex Murphy

I still think my point is valid — at least from where I sit, it should be obvious that evangelical is part of protestant, not a separate category.


25 posted on 08/13/2008 2:19:51 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Whatever that raving thug false prophet in Florida is called, I want to be called something else.)
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To: tbpiper

Yep. When it freezes over, I’ll vote for a democrat.


26 posted on 08/13/2008 2:21:50 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Salvation

I don’t either, Salvation. We know better than to vote for a socialist, communist Muslim.


27 posted on 08/13/2008 2:24:15 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Right Cal Gal

OMG - I missed that.

There couldn’t be more difference between the two, yet they grouped them together. I agree - it’s just another way of building up the Chosen One.


28 posted on 08/13/2008 5:08:46 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Salvation

This Catholic is NOT going to vote for Obama.


29 posted on 08/14/2008 5:48:21 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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