Evangelical vote remains divided even as Republican field narrows

February 4, 2008

DALLAS – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s continued presence in the Republican presidential race has kept the white evangelical vote divided, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.Mike Huckabee makes a point

Its latest national survey, conducted Jan. 30-Feb. 2 among 1,502 adults, found that Arizona Sen. John McCain now holds a substantial lead among all segments of the Republican electorate — with the notable exception of white evangelical Protestants.

McCain and Huckabee’s support among the voters in this key Republican base was divided evenly at 34 percent a piece.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith is viewed by many evangelicals as a heretical cult, had 17 percent of the support among these voters.

But both McCain and Romney has seven-point gains from the previous month with this group of voters as other candidates dropped out while Huckabee’s support remained stagnant at 34 percent.

This suggests that if Huckabee’s campaign fades, evangelicals are already starting to look to either McCain or Romney to be their political saviours.

Huckabee is an ordained Baptist preacher who has connected well with this conservative constituency, which is stridently opposed to abortion rights and gay marriage and has become one of the Republican Party’s most reliable bastions of support.

The Pew survey has a margin of error of plus/minus three percentage points.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith (Huckabee at debate in California.)

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Barack Obama! Not only ready on day one but RIGHT on day one.

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What is with this country. We think we are so enlightened but we are so bigoted that 43% of us will never vote for a Mormon.
We will vote for a man who has had an extra-marital affair with a woman 17 years his junior (McCain). A man who found it “interesting” that his ancestor owned 52 slaves after all, it was “legal as a loaf of bread” (McCain). We’ll vote for a man who was up to his neck in the Keating scandal (McCain) but never a Mormon.
I want out.
As a conservative, I have no one left to vote for.

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Christians are called to love, not some hippie style of love, but divine love. What does Christian love look like you say?

The Judgment of the Nations
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:31-45

Sounds like Barak Obama to me.

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