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October 8, 2008

Young evangelicals plan to go against the flow

Most young evangelicals will not vote for Barack Obama with their peers and will not support John McCain as strongly as their parents next month, a survey released this morning suggests.

Most young adults overwhelmingly support Obama (59 percent) while 35 percent plan to vote for McCain. On the other hand, 29 percent of young evangelicals plan to vote for Obama and 65 percent support McCain. Nearly 70 percent of older evangelicals plan to vote for McCain while 25 percent plan to vote for Obama.

Faith in Public Life released a new survey today called "The Young and the Faithful" conducted by Public Religion Research from August 28 to September 19.

The generation gap in this survey is closer than the results found in the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly survey, which found that older evangelicals support McCain nine more percentage points than younger evangelicals.

The survey also found an interesting comparison between what issues evangelicals find important in the 2008 election and what evangelicals are hearing about in church.

Comments

Why don't my views ever get polled?

It depends on how Evangelicals educate the young adults about the issues of voting for a president. A bank is at a stage of facing bankruptcy in a year, if some difficult issues cannot be resolved. So the company formed a searching committee to search for a well qualified person to solve the issue. The searching committee posted a job ad everywhere in the hope for someone to save the bank, and 100,000 people's jobs and families. The ad listed the qualification is "pro-life' and 'no-gay-marriage friendly' people. The committee received tons of resume fit that requirement. But I don't know at the end, if the committee had found a well qualified person to save the bank. In search of a president to bring up the America; the qualification of the job is 'pro-life' and 'against gay-marriage.'

not unusual for non- evangelical kids who see and experience more of the world, in my opinion. They relate to Obama due to his ideas, age and energy. Furthermore, the youth care less about race and they are the picture of tomorrow. Lastly, for older folks, Obama hit a key note in his second debate. Talking to the family budget plan, getting families home to spend time with children. What he failed to elaborate on was that this would have a direct impact on the American social landscape and family values reinforcing quality time and uniting families again. Our country has become much too selfish and we need to start focusing on our families and society as a whole. McCain, whom I initially admired prior to his smearing, does not request any sacrifices and wanst us to keep on the same ol path of credit debt, spending, and the false illusion of "good times". The Obama call montsh ago was for personal responsibility. When was the last tim eyou heard any politician say that?

It appears that what evangelicals are concerned about is about the same thing as what the country at large (world) is concerned about. That is a sad state of affairs.
I'm not exactly sure what "The Obama call montsh ago was for personal responsibility. When was the last tim eyou heard any politician say that?" means but if it is that Obama is suggesting personal responsibility the statement misses the boat and doesn't even hit the sea. Time and time again the line is the government will take care of it. Scary since it seems they continue to do a masterful job.

The survey also found an interesting comparison between what issues evangelicals find important in the 2008 election and what evangelicals are hearing about in church.

And the interesting part would be what, exactly? That they are different?

If you are going to take a stab at a comparison like that, you need to explain it more professionally. The way it is written, it sounds like a bad undergraduate paper.

The "interesting comparison" between what issues evangelicals find important and what they're hearing about in church is obviously that the church isn't preaching about the issues that matter most to the people in its congregation. Maybe that's where the problem lies.

On the matter of Obama or any politician calling for personal responsibility: Yes, it is rare, even in Obama's speeches, interviews, etc., but I do believe he has called for it more than McCain has. McCain seems to mostly just assert that he "knows how to do" this or that, promising to take care of us in one way or another. There is little difference between his budgetary approach and Obama's, really, and their proposals for "entitlements." And ironically, McCain's record on support of veterans, who are "entitled" if anyone is, is actually quite poor.

Maybe traditionally Democrats have pushed less on personal responsibility, but I do think both the words and the example, the inspiration of Obama put him well ahead of both Bush and McCain in the positive influence he is likely to have in this area. It is indeed much needed!

I don't hear Obama asking for personal responsibility. I hear him calling for personal sacrifice, which is just him softening me up for the big "ask" as he pushes us to European levels of taxation. It's like listening to a bad salesperson at a car lot.

I don't hear either Bush or McCain asking for either personal responsibility or personal sacrifice. I keep hearing that we should go out and spend because it is our patriotic duty, that we should buy up bad loans because business need saving, even though it should be their responsibility to live with financial decisions, I hear that we should cut gas taxes because it might be expensive to drive, that we should get tax cuts during war. The increase in debt just this year will be equal to the entire debt when Bush came into office.

Where is the responsibility in that?

Man is not meant to be put in charge of these things. I think our nation need simply return to God and the Bible to fix the error of our ways, since we apparently are too foolish to lead ourselves. The whole point of Jesus' coming was to return us to God's grace anyways, and yet still we think we know what is best. Only our Father does. When will we listen? Before it is too late I hope.

Thank you Reverend. I agree completely. We are not to put our hope in man, because salvation comes only from God.

There is a verse in Proverbs that says this:
"There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12
There is only one way:
Jesus is the way the truth and the life.(John 14:6)

I am not saying we should not vote, because we have been given the opportunity to do good while we are on this earth. Brothers and sisters, please, let us stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment.
Grace and peace!

Just a point, but I thought that at church we were supposed to be learning about the Bible and what is important to God. Is it possible that we are focused on things that are for our own interest and not that of Jesus Christ? That may account for the differnce in the polls and not a problem in the church. Not saying that anyone is perfect, just bringing a different perspective.
Jesus is Lord!

I really liked Heather's post on what we are focusing on in this election. It appears that a very large number of Christians have succumbed to the big "I" word in their politics. Abortion should break the heart of every Christian. Senator Obama refuses to acknowledge that life begins at conception and has abysmal voting record on such issues. McCain has taken a pro-life stance and teamed with a V.P. candidate who has the same conviction. How watered down have we become if Senator Obama can still entertain the Christian vote by offering us "sweeteners" in his plan. The other issues become secondary when the value of human life is at stake. Has the Christian church gotten so convenient minded that the value of human life has become a secondary issue? I pray not!

In response to Steve: To say that the Republican Party and John McCain is "pro-life" and that the Democratic Party is not is dishonest. It is a ploy of past politics which tries to demonize each other at the cost of what is real. While Obama does not support overturning Roe v Wade and making abortions illegal (which would result in throwing many low-income women into an already over crowded jail system), he strongly wants to work to REDUCE the number of abortions (which is more than I can say for many Republicans). I think everyone can agree that the choice of abortion is tragic and many times a desperate choice made by women who feel they have no alternatives. Obama's policies work to SUPPORT women who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. He wants to work to change the circumstances that make abortions more likely. He is for policy decisions that support life and support parents beyond the birth of their new child. The Conservative Right has spent 3 decades on legislation and litigation but yet 1 in 5 pregnancies still end in abortion. Their approach is clearly not working. Breeding divisiveness and demonizing clearly does not work. We need to understand that this is NOT a simplified debate - that's what this country has tried for years and the bottom line is that IT DOES NOT WORK TO CURB ABORTIONS. We need to move beyond rhetoric and find real solutions and that means both parties working together, not insulting and demonizing. As Christians we need to work for a more consistent "culture of life" across the board: healthcare, education, environmental issues, immigration policies, etc...

I am a 'young evangelical' who is voting Obama

well said,Gina.