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November 5, 2008

Results: The Gap

It will be widely noted that the God Gap, as measured by the partisan preference of frequent (weekly or more often) worship attenders, shrank from 20 points in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections to 12 points this time around. And some may be inclined to credit this year's focus on religious outreach by Obama and the DNC for what happened. But in fact, the shift occurred in the 2006 midterm elections. Then, what had been a 20-point preference by frequent attenders for GOP congressional candidates in 2000 and 2004 shrank to 13 points. Meanwhile, the gap among less frequent attenders bumped up from 13 points for Democratic candidates in 2004 to 25 points in 2006--the same territory as the 23 percent of less frequent attenders who went for Obama. Measured in terms of comparing frequent and less frequent attenders, then, the God Gap remains as big as ever, just with both the former and the latter both more Democratically inclined than they were in 2000-2004.

(Originally published at Spiritual Politics.)

Comments

I think this nation is at the lowest point I have seen in 67 years of living. The popular vote shows the results of kicking God out of a nation. Looking at our president, we cannot help but see the blindness that has taken over our country. We can no longer claim to be a Christian nation any longer when we have a President that is not and will be likely sworn in on the Koran. Look what happened to Israel when they kicked out God and look at how many other nations have collapsed over the years for the same reason. I hope that this does turn into what I feel might happen. God be with us, please!

Our Lord said 'Be wise as serpents, harmless as doves. Thank God, His Church is wising up to manipulation by pols who wouldn't solve the abortion problem or the gay marriage 'problem' if they could; they'd lose the ring in the Pharisees'nose they lead them captive with.

Thank God His Name will be less blasphemed by the unbelievers because of this Pharisaical millstone around our neck.

I guess the writer is right because Aetheism is still around and people do not believe in anything until expectations occur. Well, I hope with this new President that Christianity will grow stronger. AMEN!!

I guess the writer is right because Aetheism is still around and people do not believe in anything until expectations occur. Well, I hope with this new President that Christianity will grow stronger. AMEN!!

Church attendance does not indicate true Believers. In fact, as a lifelong Believer and one who was raised in the church, I find many churches don't follow the Word of God. Be careful that your publication does not become "Pharisee-like" in your attempt to judge who belongs to Christ. That's a big no-no according to the Bible. It is only God who reads hearts, minds, motive and intent. A "God-gap" can only be distinguished by God Himself because the true relationship is personal. Why don't you try to guage true fellowship among church goers. I believe you will find a huge gap there.