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September 9, 2008

Up for Grabs

The God gap grows in Washington.

A little evidence that the God Gap has increased since Sarah Palin's nomination comes from the latest SUSA poll of Washington State. Compared to SUSA's last Washington State poll of a month ago, the gap among regular attenders has increased by three points, from 59-36 for McCain to 61-35. Among those who almost never attend, Obama's margin has grown very slightly, from 62-32 to 63-32. But the biggest shift has come among the occasional attenders, among whom Obama's margin has dropped from 57-39 to 49-41. As I noted a few days ago, that's the group that's in play, and if the addition of Palin to the ticket enables McCain to round up a significant number of them, Obama's in trouble. In Washington State, SUSA shows McCain gaining only two percent of them, while the undecideds have doubled from two percent to four percent and those supporting other candidates have doubled from three percent to six percent. They're up for grabs.

(Originally published at Spiritual Politics.)

Comments

Doesn't anyone else think that part of the responsibility has to be placed on the church. The furor over Christians praying at the DNC is a prime example. The way to insure that Democrats will become more and more anti-religious is to make it hard for religious people to be Democrats. This happened with Churches moving out of cities and then people complaining that the cities were sinful places.

I would think with the deterioration of religion in the US and in our schools would give the democrats a wake up call. One cannot dismiss the fact that a Christian society makes us a better people. This is also for unbelieving Republicans also. We have allowed the courts to judge the misnomer about "separation of church and state" and have erroneously used it not for its intended purpose.

Mostly polls are a waste of time,money and space. They are so open to interpretation and usually don't serve any useful purpose other than to justify a journalists or polling groups existence. Who knows what a Christian is in our culture today? Ask ten people that question and you'll get that many answers. What does it mean to be a regular attender? If someone "regularly" attends church it doesn't make them a "Christian".And those who don't regularly attend a church it doesn't mean they arn't a "Christian". There are too many variables to hold for that poll to have any validity.