Religious Voters Soften to Democrats


In a USA Today story it’s said that the Democratic Party has finally gotten right with God. Even though it took a generation. On Tuesday, as voters go to the polls, the changing political landscape does not include a single party that has a monopoly on God. And, although white evangelicals still side strongly with the Republican party, it’s not so with others in the expanded religious voter bloc.

“Although white evangelicals continue to prefer McCain over Obama by roughly the same numbers they preferred Bush over Kerry in 2004, other religious groups are drifting Democratic. According to a New York Times/CBS News poll released in October, Roman Catholics, who in 2004 opted narrowly for Bush (52% to 47%), now prefer Obama by a wide margin (59% to 31%).

The strongest evidence for a tectonic shift in America’s religio-political landscape, however, comes from a Faith in Public Life survey published in October. This poll shows an astonishing turnaround among Hispanic Protestants: from 63%-37% for Bush in 2004 to 50%-34% for Obama in 2008.”

The story also details a study by Public Religion Research that says Americans see Obama as more friendly to religion than McCain.

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What do these results tell us about the changing landscape of politics and religion in America?

Are we headed in a positive or negative direction?

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