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Poll: Romney may see an evangelical ‘enthusiasm gap’
Washington Post ^ | July 26, 2012 | Daniel Burke

Posted on 08/02/2012 6:05:29 AM PDT by Colofornian

Most Americans who know that Mitt Romney is Mormon say the presumptive GOP nominee’s faith doesn’t concern them. But a new poll indicates there may be an “enthusiasm gap” for Romney among white evangelicals, a crucial GOP constituency.

Sixty percent of Americans know that Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a survey released Thursday (July 26) by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. That number has barely budged since March, despite intense media focus on Romney’s faith.

Interestingly, more Americans know that Romney is Mormon than can correctly identify President Obama as Christian (49 percent).

Although most Americans say it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs, party affiliation — rather than religion — drives voter preferences, Pew found.

Among Americans who know Romney’s religion, six in 10 say they are comfortable with it. Republicans (68 percent) are more likely than Independents (62 percent) and Democrats (51 percent) to express comfort with the likely GOP nominee’s faith.

But nearly one in four white evangelicals say they are uncomfortable with Romney’s Mormonism, higher than any other religious group except atheists/agnostics (30 percent).

Many social conservatives warned during the GOP primary that Romney would struggle to spark evangelical enthusiasm. Fewer conservative Christians would volunteer to canvass neighborhoods, donate money or plan rallies, they said.

The Pew poll indicates such fears may be warranted. Among the nearly 23 percent of evangelicals who are uncomfortable with Romney’s Mormonism, just 16 percent back him strongly.

“There is definitely an enthusiasm gap there,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew. Smith noted, however, that 93 percent of conservatives still say they will vote for Romney.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Other non-Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: evangelical; inman; lds; mittromney; mormonism

1 posted on 08/02/2012 6:05:33 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

Just more support for the Obama team by the WaPo. No surprise. What a rag this once great newspaper has become.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 6:10:37 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Colofornian

So they’re not ok with a Mormon but good with a Muslim? Staying home in November is a vote for Obama.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 6:12:39 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: Colofornian
But nearly one in four white evangelicals say they are uncomfortable with Romney’s Mormonism, higher than any other religious group except atheists/agnostics (30 percent).

I'm not nearly as uncomfortable with Romney's Mormonism as I am uncomfortable with Romney's socialism!

4 posted on 08/02/2012 6:14:30 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2898271/posts?page=119#119)
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To: Colofornian

Typical WAPO Jornalist. What he misses is the Enthusiasm is over the top to “GET RID OF OBAMA”!


5 posted on 08/02/2012 6:16:29 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Colofornian

What? No WashCompost editorial breathlessly reporting the obvious divide in the Democrat Party among Black evangelical pastors and their congregations and Obama over his endorsement of homosexual marriage? That division is right out in the open, thanks to the faithful Christian pastors who are speaking out against this travesty.

What a bunch of lousy Lefties our press has become. No wonder their credibility is near zero.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 6:20:52 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Colofornian

“But nearly one in four white evangelicals say they are uncomfortable with Romney’s Mormonism, higher than any other religious group except atheists/agnostics (30 percent).”

So, in other words, 75% ARE comfortable with his ‘Mormonism’, as opposed to 25% who aren’t.

Nothing like spinning a positive into a negative..


7 posted on 08/02/2012 6:21:30 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Colofornian

Wait a minute. I remember reading in the Washington Post that these Evangelicals are stupid and easy to command. All Romney has to do is tell them to go to the polls and they will, isn’t that right Dan?


8 posted on 08/02/2012 6:22:46 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Colofornian

Keep right on whistling past the graveyard, Comrade!


9 posted on 08/02/2012 6:26:10 AM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Colofornian

Wow 3 out of 4 dont have an issue with this, that is really good


10 posted on 08/02/2012 6:37:35 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: Colofornian
Interestingly, more Americans know that Romney is Mormon than can correctly identify President Obama as Christian (49 percent).

No one can correctly identify Obama as a Christian. They can only incorrectly identify him as one.
11 posted on 08/02/2012 6:39:20 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: Colofornian
Not even going to get into pro versus anti Romney, but this sentence really made me laugh out loud:

Interestingly, more Americans know that Romney is Mormon than can correctly identify President Obama as Christian (49 percent).

See, now it's correct the Obama is Christian. The Washington Post and Daniel Burke say so.

Forget his father was Muslim... Forget he was raised in Indonesia, a Muslim country, by a Muslim stepfather, Soreto. Forget that Muslims consider sons of Muslim fathers to be themselves Muslim. Forget that apostasy, that is changing your (Muslim) religion to another, such as Christian, is a crime punishable by death under Sharia law, and the actual legal code of most Muslim countries. Forget the both Barack and Hussein are very traditional Muslim names, just as James, Peter and John are considered Christian names. Forget all that.

Forget all the coincidences, obvious points, and other facts.

For if you believe that Obama is a Muslim, or might be one, then you are a stupid racist idiot. Ipso facto.

12 posted on 08/02/2012 6:44:23 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Colofornian
Quite the contrary, I see the opposite. Two things have coalesced to bring traditional evangelicals and Catholics more into the Romney camp. First, Obama's homosexual agenda has alienated not only black pastors (and many in their congregations) but also has now spilled over into the Chick-Fil-A controversy. There is NO DOUBT THE LEFT IS LOSING ON THIS HUGE. This works completely to Romney's advantage and most likely continues to pull him to the right.

Second, the abortion/contraception controversy is pushing traditional but left-leaning Catholics toward the Republicans. It's been a very long time since I've heard any evangelicals criticize Romney (except here on FR). So this is WaPo wishful thinking. Just the opposite may be happening, and a wide network of conservative issues is coalescing to the point that Romney will be the beneficiary of all---and, if he is the crass pol that some here claim, he will gladly move right to take advantage of them.

13 posted on 08/02/2012 6:48:05 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Colofornian

Unenthusiastic evangelicals will quietly go to the polls and vote Romney.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 6:52:55 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Colofornian

This comment has to be made: The Pew Research Center is as non-partisan as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Colofornian

Oh I think there is a clear evangelical enthusiasm gap with romney. I know it is with me. It has nothing to do with his mormonsim but his center political leanings. I will hold my nose and hope he is smart about who his base is.


16 posted on 08/02/2012 7:29:25 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Alex Murphy
I'm an evangelical here in Texas and I don't know where this stuff is coming from. Virtually any one in our church who speaks about the election is enthusiastically supporting Romney. I have said from the start that he was not my first of even second choice but he won fair and square and I am supporting him as much as I can.
17 posted on 08/02/2012 8:00:35 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Colofornian
“There is definitely an enthusiasm gap there,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew. Smith noted, however, that 93 percent of conservatives still say they will vote for Romney.

ya think? Mitt's main virtue is not being Barak.

Beyond that, Mitt's an East Coast gun grabbing, socialized medicine, welfare state RINO.

Mitt -- ix-nay on the staged duck hunting thing. We gunnies tend to view it as hypocrisy, and a sign of likely betrayal.

18 posted on 08/02/2012 11:07:21 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." Isaiah 27:1)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; txrefugee
Typical WAPO Jornalist. What he misses is the Enthusiasm is over the top to “GET RID OF OBAMA”!

The journalist actually wrote this via Religion News Service -- picked up and published by Washington Post. (Burke isn't on staff with the Post)

But it is interesting to see some of the more typical responses now being used on FR...don't wrestle with the exact content itself published...just try to dismiss it by an in-error wave of the hand.

19 posted on 08/02/2012 11:29:13 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
So they’re not ok with a Mormon but good with a Muslim?

(Hey, I myself posted -- in April -- 11 past FR threads running from 2008-2012 linking Obama to catering in some way re: Islam...still...I've yet to see hardly anything other than empty rhetoric that Obama is a CURRENT Muslim...assumptions galore...no proof...and it makes FR look bad)

20 posted on 08/02/2012 11:31:53 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Bigh4u2
So, in other words, 75% ARE comfortable with his ‘Mormonism’, as opposed to 25% who aren’t. Nothing like spinning a positive into a negative..

Well, here's how that breaks down -- IF Evangelicals were to turn out in 2012 with the same force they did in 2010...which, actually, I happen to doubt exactly because of the reason cited in this article...lack of enthusiasm for Romney...But...IF they were to turn out with the same piece of the voter pie as 2010...that would mean that 34% of the vote...not just 34% of the conservative vote...but 34% of the overall vote would come from Evangelicals...

That means that about 8.5% of the entire voting pool -- constituting ONLY Evangelicals (never mind who else is uncomfortable with either Romney ONLY or his Mormonism) ... are indeed uncomfortable with Mormonism.

Those are huge numbers that normally readily fall to a GoP candidate.

The RINOs in charge elected to ignore that Evangelicals were THE base of the party...and now they risk not only alienating them in 2012...but forever...

I'm an Evangelical. Once Romney is officially nominated, I'm out of the GoP...either to independent status or the Constitution Party.

The GoP already only has 29% of all registered voters...and that's eroding away...fast.

21 posted on 08/02/2012 11:38:22 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: italianquaker
Wow 3 out of 4 dont have an issue with this, that is really good

Not really. (See post #21)...Were Evangelicals to turn out with the same force as they did in 2010...1 out of 4 Evangelicals = almost one out of 9 voters...

(People forget -- or neglect -- that Evangelicals were 34% of the voting pool in 2010...Now...exactly because of the lack of enthusiasm among Evangelicals in 2012 I don't think Evangelicals will vote in '12 anywhere close to 34% of the voting pool)

22 posted on 08/02/2012 11:42:00 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: italianquaker
Wow 3 out of 4 dont have an issue with this, that is really good

Not really. (See post #21)...Were Evangelicals to turn out with the same force as they did in 2010...1 out of 4 Evangelicals = almost one out of 11 voters...

(People forget -- or neglect -- that Evangelicals were 34% of the voting pool in 2010...Now...exactly because of the lack of enthusiasm among Evangelicals in 2012 I don't think Evangelicals will vote in '12 anywhere close to 34% of the voting pool)

CORRECTION: 1 out of 4 Evangelicals = almost one out of 11 voters...not almost one out of nine voters...Posted an error in last post...


23 posted on 08/02/2012 11:45:13 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: LS
So this is WaPo wishful thinking.

(The WaPo published this...this article originated with a Religion News Service journalist)

24 posted on 08/02/2012 11:47:21 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: stars & stripes forever
Unenthusiastic evangelicals will quietly go to the polls and vote Romney.

Some will...Some won't. Some of those -- like me -- will go vote 3rd party on POTUS -- and GoP most everywhere else.

I can tell you this...Evangelicals won't even be close to representing the 34% of the entire voter pool that they did in 2010.

25 posted on 08/02/2012 11:49:33 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Here is the only poll I know about that is most certainly true:

Out of the 12 people in our small group at church, only 12 are going to vote for Romney.

Of the others I know through our church and others from other evangelical churches, it's still 100% for Romney.

I'm guessing it has something to do with the alternative........

Based on my experience, I'm thinking this article is pure BS and wishful thinking at best.

26 posted on 08/02/2012 11:54:12 AM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: Colofornian

Don’t worry. The evangelicals who don’t show up to vote for Mitt will show up to vote against Obama. The CFA experience helps guarantee that.


27 posted on 08/03/2012 1:20:00 AM PDT by circlecity
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