David Barton of Wallbuilders.com has written a terrific article analyzing the November elections. You will find a link to the Wallbuilders web site and the article below. Here is an excerpt that ought to whet your appetite:
“Interestingly, exit polling has long demonstrated that the frequency of church attendance is the best indicator of whether an individual will vote conservative or liberal. As Washington Post writer Thomas Edsall had reported: “Pollsters are finding that one of the best ways to discover whether a voter holds liberal or conservative value stands is to ask: How often do you go to church? Those who go often tend to be Republican, those who go rarely or not at all tend to be Democrat.” 17 In 2010, that tendency was again reaffirmed:
- Among Born-Again or Evangelical voters, 77% voted for Republicans – up 7% from four years ago. 18
- White Protestants voted for Republicans over Democrats by a 69% to 28% margin – up 8% from four years ago. 19
- White Catholics voted for Republicans over Democrats by a 59% to 39% margin – up 10% from four years ago; 20 and among all Catholic voters, 54% voted for Republicans, an increase of 12% from two years ago. 21
But on the other hand:
- Those who have no religious affiliation supported Democrats over Republicans by a 68% to 30% margin (although this is an 8% improvement from four years ago). 22
Exit polling from this year’s election makes clear that conservative people of faith carried their values with them into the voting booth – something that they did not do two years ago in 2008 (as will be seen below).
Another disappointing number from two years ago was that only 14% of churches provided voter guides or urged parishioners to vote, compared to 27% in 2006. In 2008, WallBuilders created a website (www.ChristianVoterGuide.com and www.Judeo-ChristianVoterGuide.com) in order to make conservative, pro-family state voter guides available to voters in every state. This year, a mailing was sent to 285,000 of the 325,000 houses of worship in America, urging pastors, rabbis, and priests to get voter guides from those websites and distribute them to their congregations or synagogue, resulting in more than 140,000 website hits from that mailing.”
I recommend you at least scan Barton’s fine article right here.