Christian Right Will Still Turn Out For Republicans In U.S. Midterms

by Alistair Bell - Reuters
October 28, 2014

If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives.

Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South.

Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms.

The religious right’s influence may be much reduced since the days of Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell’s alliances with Republican presidents.

But Christian conservatives will probably vote in greater numbers on Nov. 4 than others, giving them an outsized say in who runs Congress. Forty-nine percent of evangelicals say they have a great deal of interest or quite a bit of interest in news about the elections, compared to 38 percent of non-evangelicals.

“It strongly shows that the evangelical population is very engaged, very interested in what’s happening and much easier to turn out for an election than the population as a whole,” said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson.

Almost 40 percent of Republicans said they were born-again or evangelical Christians, according to the online survey.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Nice_Cat says:

    I’ve been telling Republican candidates for years to get off the abortion issue, that they will have the support of conservatives of every religious stripe on economic and Constitutional issues anyway. They can only turn off and lose voters by announcing an anti-choice message, and they have nothing to gain.

    1. I Seigel says:

      But this story seems to contradict your advice, doesn’t it? The story seems to say that conservative Christian voters are MORE energized to vote in general, and especially if the candidate is vocal in supporting causes they support, like anti-abortion. Or am I not understanding?

      1. Nice_Cat says:

        It doesn’t matter that Christians may be more excited to vote for a conservative if that conservative is also vocally anti-choice; they were going to vote conservative anyway. No conservative votes are to be won on this issue. On the other hand, votes might be lost by turning off pro-choice conservatives. Were the fate of our country not paramount in my decision-making, I would not choose to vote for any candidate who is vocally anti-choice. As it is, I will vote for the conservative candidate regardless of his/her opinion on this issue. It is imperative that we take control of both houses of Congress to stop and reverse the damage done this country by the Muslim in the White House and his entire administration.

        1. I Seigel says:

          Unfortunately a veto-proof majority is a very long shot. So get ready for even more gridlock.

  • olf says:

    Dear Lord please bring out our Christian brothers and sisters to vote. Amen

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