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September 30, 2008

Bush approval ratings dip to a new low

A majority of white evangelical Protestants rated President Bush's performance negatively in a Washington Post-ABC News poll, Jon Cohen writes for The Washington Post.

Fifty-two percent of evangelicals rated the president's performance negative, and Cohen says that higher numbers disapprove of how Bush is handling the economy.

This summer, 47 percent of evangelicals approved of Bush’s performance in office, while 48 percent disapproved, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life from July 31 to August 10.

The survey showed that evangelicals were more supportive of Bush than any other major religious group. Those who disapproved of his performance were 61 percent of white mainline Protestants, 67 of Catholics, and 88 percent of black Protestants.

Comments

Given that many evangelicals felt that Bush was 'God's man' in both 2004 and 2000, his failed policies as President would seem to indicate that discernment is not one of the spiritual gifts that is widely present among evangelicals. Does that suggest that perhaps evangelicals are not very adept at any sort of evaluation of anything?

I think the problem is some evangelicals have a authoritarian personality. (taken from wikipedia) The traits are conventionalism, authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression, anti-intraception, superstition and stereotypy, power and "toughness," destructiveness and cynicism, projectivity, and exaggerated concerns over sex.

In brief, the authoritarian is predisposed to follow the dictates of a strong leader and traditional, conventional values.

sound familiar?

Four years too late. And they're getting ready to try to put McCain in to replace him. Thanks for nothing, evangelicals. Jesus said, "you shall know them by their fruit, and your fruit is only good for atheists to throw at us.

I thought God would favor our country with a Republican president. Maybe push didn't pay his tithes.

Keith,

Failed policies? I can't think of a larger failed policy than the current one that will shortly be bailed out...a policy brainchild of liberals. Bush tried to revamp the subprime problem but was overriden by the liberal leadership. Then there is also the example of failed policy of liberals against the troop surge. Another failed policy of liberals is abortion and minimum wage. Still another is liberal leadership during the growth of terror organizations during Clinton era.

So, What failed policies are you referring to or are you just repeating what you heard Pilosi say on TV?

And what exactly does that have to do with Spiritual discernment anyway. I think you are using terminology that you dont understand.

Tom, seriously, you need Keith to point out the failures of the Bush administration? I think you are just proving the point Yodda made about authoritarian followers.

I'll give you a few big policy failures: The co-called "Bush Doctrine", the Invasion of Iraq under false pretenses(to spread "democracy") and failure to plan for the occupation of the country after a successful invasion, undermining the constitution by abusing executive power (signing statement/unitary executive theory), being a free-market fiscal conservative and telling congress that it must pass a $700 Billion bailout for Wall Street and submitting a $600 Billion defense budget all in the same week.

AND NUMBER ONE BUSH POLICY FAILURE - PRESENTING HIMSELF AS A GOOD EVANGELICAL AND BENEFITING FROM THIS WHILE HAVING THE MOST SECRETIVE AND DECEPTIVE ADMINSTRATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

I voted for George Bush in 2000 and 2004 because he was an Evangelical. I will also vote for John McCain because he pick Sarah Palin, a true Christian. As opposed to Obama, who just like James Dobson said, twists Scripture to his own end, who said we Evangelicals were clinging to our Bibles. This is a time of testing, not a crisis. God is testing our faith. If you voted for Bush because you thought that God would immediately bless you, make you rich, spare you from crisis, and are now ready to throw the towel in and vote for a non-believer, then you're not really a true believer. You need to put your faith in God. God put Bush in the White House and he will put McCain/Palin there to. You should be praying for Mr. Bush in this time of testing when even his fellow believers are turning their backs on him. He needs our prayers.

Just because a person believes in salvation through Christ's shed blood does not mean they are qualified for job. If needed cardiac surgery I would want the best qualified surgeon Christian or not. Too many of us evangelicals think the only qualification necessary is to be an evangelical Christian. Please think again.

Leo, we should all pray for President Bush. Pray that he repents of the death, destruction, and misery he has caused. Pray that when he leaves office he seeks to make amends for all the suffering he has caused. Pray that Americans open their eyes and see what is going on in the world-what has been done in their name by our evangelical President.

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