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  •  Peel off some RW religious VOTERS, too. (7+ / 0-)


    In the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama could double the amount of support he got from evangelicals in the 2008 election, according to Barna Group, a Christian polling organization.
    In 2008, Obama received the support of about 11 percent of evangelicals, according to Barna Group. In a March 14-21 Barna Group poll of 647 likely voters, twice as many evangelicals, 22 percent, said they were prepared to vote for Obama.
    Barna categorizes "evangelical" more narrowly than most other polling organizations. Many polls simply include self-identifiers – those who say, when asked, that they are evangelical or born-again.
    Under Barna's classification, an evangelical is one who says they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and that commitment remains important to them, and shares seven beliefs common among evangelicals, such as the existence of Satan and that eternal salvation comes through grace, not works. Using this measure of evangelical, Barna found that evangelicals comprise seven percent of the population and 10 percent of likely voters.


    •  Very interesting. Maybe the pressure of the (2+ / 0-)
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      recession has made some evangelicals more open to voting in their own interests.

      Also, racism varies. For some people it's more implicit, absorbed cultural attitudes they may only be partially conscious of; for others, it's a stance they have a strong psychological commitment to.  For implicit racists, seeing a black man in the role of a strong national and world leader, carrying out that role with dignity and competence --along with the warmth and likeability of the President and his family-- may have eroded their resistance to voting for him.

      There are others, of course, whose resistance will only end when they die off.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 12:48:36 PM PDT

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      •  Other way around. (1+ / 0-)
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        Instead of viewing evangelical thought as infused with racism, think of it as a common cultural bond between racists and otherwise decent people.  A fragile bond, but one that persists because we haven't made the right appeal.  For example, Latino religious identification is becoming increasingly diverse, and there is an non-trivial evangelical project in winning converts in this demo.  So the question is what's more important to traditional Christians--growing their church or opposing immigration reform?

        There are so many opportunities on so many fronts.

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