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Evangelicals hit record voter turn-out

November 4, 2010

White evangelicals comprise nearly 30% of all voters, Voted 78% for GOP
– 52% of all Tea Party Supporters are Born-Again Evangelical Christians, According to Post-Election Survey
By Faith and Freedom Coalition

DULUTH, Ga., — According to a post-election survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the largest single constituency in the electorate in the 2010 midterm elections was self-identified evangelicals, who comprised 29% of the vote and cast an astonishing 78% of their ballots for Republican candidates.

The turnout by conservative people of faith represented a 5 percent increase in evangelical turnout over 2006—enough to eliminate Democratic gains in that year—and was the largest ever recorded in a midterm election. Because the evangelical vote is concentrated in the South and the Midwest, these voters had an exaggerated impact on yesterday’s GOP gains, contributing to the vast majority of U.S. Senate and House victories by Republican candidates.

The survey also found that 52% of all self-identified members of the Tea Party movement are conservative evangelicals. This is consistent with polling data by other organizations conducted before Election Day.

Evangelicals were joined by frequently-church-attending Roman Catholic voters, who constituted 12 percent of the vote and cast 58 percent of their ballots for Republican candidates, as opposed to 40 percent of their ballots for Democrats, according to CNN exit polling.

“People of faith turned out in the highest numbers in a midterm election we have ever seen, and they made an invaluable contribution to the historic results, including the election of a Republican majority in the House and significant gains in U.S. Senate seats, governorships, and hundreds of state legislative seats and local offices,” said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “This survey, along with numerous exit polls, makes clear that those who ignore or disregard social conservative voters and their issues do so at their own peril.”

The Faith and Freedom Coalition made a total of 58.8 million voter contacts to social and fiscal conservative voters in 2010, including 16 million voter guides, 8 million pieces of mail, and 15 million GOTV calls. FFC has 400,000 members and supporters and chapters operating in 24 states.

  
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BeckyMinx November 5, 2010

Interesting article. So the real story is that Christians are upset by the Obama administration…

Arthur Dent November 5, 2010

In my experience, evangelical Christians lack critical thinking skills. That explains why Tea Party signs are usually so illogical.

Hibber November 5, 2010

I think you’ll find most tea party supporters want to return to constitutional government or as some have put it “originist government”, i,e, “how the founders of our government intended it to be”. Whether you agree with this way of thinking or not, the common bond between those then and the tea party supporters is faith. I don’t have any hard numbers to back up my assumptions, but I believe many of the founding fathers were “evangelical christians”, thus leading to a greater number of evangelicals that support the tea party movement. To quote Dennis Miller, “or, I could be wrong, that’s just my opinion.”

NoShit November 5, 2010

Who the heck is surprised by this?

Evangelical Christians have no where else to go. That is why they were so disappointed by George W Bush. They hardly got anything they wanted. The real Evangelical beneficiaries were the power brokers behind the scenes who got to implant whoever they wanted in the government bureaucracies.

The average Evangelical on the street got zip.

emersonia November 5, 2010

i would like to know how the mainstream and liberal christians voted.
i would also like to know how a survey can identify mainstream and liberal christians — by church attended? if so which are mainstrea or liberal and which are not? — by self-identification? how do they factor in that some people self-identify wrongly?

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller November 5, 2010

I guess these evangelicals follow the “White Jesus” from Adult Swim’s “The Boondocks” cartoon show. The Jewish Jesus in the Bible would obviously be a Democrat in today’s America. 🙂

2011: / The Bright Side of Mitt Romney’s Political Popularity / Andrew Belonsky, Death and Taxes Magazine | Latter-day Saints Focusing on Jesus Christ February 25, 2011

[…] majority of the Tea Party, by now the dominant force in conservative politics, identify as Evangelicals, yet they’re still voting for Romney, most evidently in New Hampshire, where Tea Party-backed […]

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