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November 5, 2008

The Evangelical Electoral Map (Updated)

Obama didn't win a majority of evangelicals in any state. No surprise there. But there was some question about whether Obama's support with evangelicals would draw one out of three evangelical voters (as Clinton did in 1992) or one out of four (as Kerry did in 2004). The answer is closer to the latter: Exit polls say 26 percent of American voters called themselves evangelical or born-again Christians, and of these, 74 percent voted for McCain, with 25 percent voting for Obama. (Another measure put the percentage of evangelicals at 23 percent, with 73 percent voting for McCain, 26 percent for Obama.)

But the evangelical vote varied significantly from state to state, from Illinois' 19-point margin to Mississippi's 81-point margin, from states with evangelical populations so small that they didn't even register, to states where they are a majority of the electorate.

Here are the results, using CNN's numbers.


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Not on the map: Alaska and Hawaii.

Alaska's electorate was 25% evangelical/born-again, and evangelicals voted 80% for McCain, 17% for Obama.

Only 8% of those in Hawaii's exit polls were evangelicals, and their votes are unavailable.

Update: I've moved this further up the page since it was falling rather far down and we're about to fill the rest of the states in.

Also: Some folks seem confused. This isn't the electoral college map. This is the evangelical vote map. Clicking on the states show what percentage of the state electorate was born again/evangelical, and how those evangelicals voted.

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curious on which CNN numbers you are going by I have been on the website and according to it Obama has the votes and is in the lead could you let me know where you are getting your results

Thanks for this.

Interesting map graphic. Thanks for that. Confusion probably comes from your choice of red (i.e. Republican) tints intended not to show party affiliation but number of reported evangelical voters. Unfortunate partisan color choice.

Interesting map graphic. Thanks for that. Confusion probably comes from your choice of red (i.e. Republican) tints intended -- in your map -- not to show states voting for McCain but the number of reported evangelical voters. Unfortunate, perhaps unintended, partisan color choice.

I consider myself to be an Evangelical Chrisatian but how do you know how I (or my fellow church members here in Florida) voted?
I am sure they are as interested as I am.
Thank you.

I am proud to see that almost 3/4 Evangelicals voted for McCain on the national scene. I am also proud that so many Evangelicals voted, even if it was for Obama.

Unfortunately the choice of our brothers and sisters in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio (though so many of you did vote for McCain) seems to have been one of several deciding factors in Obama's victory. Congratulations. Hopefully he will have a change of heart and not carry out some of his more regressive and detrimental social policies (those that he has already promised to the hateful far lef,) so that you will not come to seriously regret your vote for Obama. I would love to have been overly cautious about him and for him to be called a liar and promise-breaker if it means he seeks more moral policies on abortion and religious freedoms etc.

The passage of the marriage amendments in 3 multicultural states should send clear signal to those who consider themselves "progressives" that we mean business, and that though we may be willing to work with Obama towards a better tomorrow, we will not sacrifice our values. These amendments passed because MANY who are Democrats and voted for Obama voted FOR them. Thank you for standing with us as we support real Democracy in action.

Obama must not insult Biblical Christians like many liberals do or he risks alienating Biblical Christians at his own peril.

PS: There are many Biblical Christians in blue state like Hawaii were I reside.

These Evangelicals should wake up. Im a Christian Man but We need a Democrat in that seat because of what Republicans do, get richer and forget the poor. Christians should help all poor people and what JESUS would want to do in this time period. Evangelicals are rich people and the poor are set aside. I hope Christians can understand.

It is beyond me how ANYONE who is a born-again Christian could under any circumstances have voted for Barak Omama. This is a man whose known policies are directly against the very clear teachings of Scripture, like homosexuality, abortion, etc, and also his support for demonic faiths like Islam, which he has said publically that he will not condemn.And his many other anti-Bible beliefs. Those who did vote for this evil man,will no doubt have to answer to the Lord, and ought to question their own walk with Jesus, Who is the ONLY,WAY LIFE and TRUTH! But maybe these people really dont believe what Scriprure says, when it states that there should be NO accord with the unsaved, which voting for them would be.

This data is very telling of the health of the Church in this country. It boggles my mind that any believer in Christ could vote for a true-blue democrat (pro-abortion and homosexual agenda among other things). Not only that, but one who is so markedly leftist. To all who have voted for an Obama administration a quote for you from the elected himself;
"I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

I have been saying all along there is no such thing as a "liberal" Christian. Does this not prove my point? Calling yourself "liberal" in today's way of thinking obviously means liberal/evil-conservative/good. It means if I consider myself for Obama/Democrats, I stand for evil. So how can a so called Christian vote for Obama/democrat just because he might help them with social security or whatever other lie he has told?

Obviously, it tells me that these "so called" Christians are fooling themselves, and may not be "born again Christians" at all. Or is it they are so into themselves they make themselves believe they can vote for abortion on demand/same sex marriage in order to gain some false belief that they gain in something they think they will benefit from. Jesus said you are either for me or against me. There is no middle ground between right and wrong.

These poor souls should be now coming to God for forgiveness in their error, and stand willing to endure the judgement that will surely come on us all.

I am not an American nor I live in America but being a Christian, I know I must go with what the bible says. There are more issues in the bible than just abortion and homosexuality. I wonder how much has the Republicans have done according to what the bible says (please ask yourself honestly)? What have they done for those who are struggling to make a living and the world climate that is deteriorating everyday. I don't know about you guys but this is how everyone sees the Republicans outside USA. What Obama has done, at least, is making more people in USA care about the government and making USA better as a whole.

To Andrew,

I am a evangelical minister in the body and an independent, and sometimes I think it is naive to believe that if you are a born again Christian you should vote Republican. I grew up Democrat and left the party in my college years--but I am also not convicted to join the Republicans for the only two Christian-esque issues they seem to trumpet (abortion and gay-marriage). As a African-American who doesn't see Republicans making efforts to care about my community and its people (ask Colin Powell or J.C. Watts on this very issue), or perform policies that benefit those of the financially well-off and white constituents--where is that decidedly Christian?

Just ask or poll most Christians of color if they vote Republican--no. Check the facts. Most are Democrats due to Civil/social/financial Rights issues. Remember that Democratic and Republican parties are made of man. They are not perfect, and have crooked among them both. Also I must add that not all parts of either party are truly Christian throughout their base---to believe otherwise is incorrect (not to say you believe as such necessarily).

Also, there are conservative Christians in both parties, if you can believe that (for example... think of California's prop 80 that was just ratified, most of those who voted for that were Black folk--who are majorily conservative, Democratic Christians). If that is so, then we can deduce that there are other issues that cement people in these parties. There are civil rights issues, racial issues, social issues, financial issues, etc. like I mentioned earlier to think about. Remember, just because someone says they are a conservative or liberal---which are they? Are they financial, social, religious, etc. liberal or conservative?

You see Andrew, as Christians we do not take time to figure out how these labels are being used, and in doing so, not try to understand why people choose what they do (or if who we partner with, truly believe in our values). If we do this, and it is hard for most folk to carry out, we can understand how to reach others for Christ in good witness instead of being stand-offish and egotistic about it.

Now, I don't suggest that we let folk who are willfully sinning or trashing Christ a pass, no--far from it--we must hold everyone accountable and stand for Christ anywhere and everywhere. On the other end, to suppose evangelicals are to be Republican for only two issues when most of their other policies turn-off or offend other segments of the American populace because of policies that are not biblical in issue. Republicans must also be passionate about folk murdering each other, people starving on American streets and other issues that are also sinful and must be curtailed. Get out your comfort zone and see what I am talking about...I have Christian friends on both side of the aisle, and try to bring their parties to task on all Christian issues, not some.

In response to the comments by Andrew, I am very offended by your remarks!!--I am a born again Chistian & I was very proud to vote for Mr. Obama in my home state of NC. There were alot of lies & smear campaigns against Mr. Obama, but I know in my spirit that He is A good Family Man & A Christian Himself!!-Who are we to judge his salvation & relationship with the Lord??--There are so many other issues to consider, but all we hear from the religious right is abortion & homosexuality!!-Obama brings hope to this country, after 8 long hard years under George Bush!!-God bless America & let's all pray for Pres. Elect Obama, instead of finding fault & back-biting him!!-That is certainly not Christ-Like!!

We as Christians should not blindly accept any party as being the "Christian" party. Reality is that both parties have serious flaws and also some positives. Don't think its fair to say that those whom voted for Obama are not true believers. Think we should not idolize either party or leader and focus on our work here which is to preach the true gospel and call out the wrongs whether they come from the left or right. In addition, remember that our true hope is not found in any leader of this world but in our Lord Jesus Christ. When He rules, then we will have a true, just, and perfect world. In the meantime, let us pray for any leader whom is placed over us.

Clifford:
Jesus said we should care for the poor. He did not say the Roman government should do that, he said believers (the church) should do that. Interesting that church programs are much more effective than government ones, God knows more than we do. . .

Also, Jesus never forced people to give like confiscatory wealth redistribution plans. He looked for people to voluntarily give. Interesting, conservative Christians give much more of their income to charity than secular liberals do. . .

Raphael stated in his post that "Evangelicals are rich people and the poor are set aside". I beg to differ!! Some of the most solid evangelical people I know are also some of the poorest financially that I know. Where we are rich is in our standing in Christ. The ones I know who do have money are also some of the most giving people (unlike Obama or Biden who gave less than 1% of their incomes to charity). I personally think anyone who voted for Obama needs to question their salvation. As was posted above, that evil man stands for everything that the Bible stands against.

If a Christian is to vote it should be for a candidate that reflects all Christian values, not just 2 or 3. And to say Christians should vote for one party only is to divide the faith. There is a unity of the faith without compromising. The truth is neither party has found that unity because both parties attrack Christians. The divide doesn't have to exist as it does.

Underlying Republican social policy is hardness of heart. Intuitively many evangelical Christians understand this and also understand that the flag-waving stuff has nothing to do with Jesus.

What the media needs to understand is that "evangelical" is a sloppy term sloppily used by them because they know little or nothing about Christian denominational life, nor do they care to learn. What they, the media, mean by "evangelical" is simply anyone who takes their faith seriously enough to make it rather than secular culture their primary mode of analysis.

Obama holds many views that I do not. I am pro-life. But I'm not so stupid as to have failed to observe that the Republicans use this issue and deliver next to nothing. How long has it been since Roe? How many Republican administrations? Let's get real. This is an intractable problem for both parties.

What I know is that compassion from a biblical perspective is much more phony among Republicans. In the end, they are about the economy only -- and really only for their rich friends. The rest of their talk is manipulation of the worst part of American evangelicalism.

Andrew, Brian:

The reason that a faithful Christian might vote for Obama has nothing to do with their walk with Jesus Christ. It has everything to do with how they think about government and what qualifies a man or woman to lead the country. Barack Obama may or may not be evil, but you can't exactly look to George W. Bush or John McCain as paragons of righteousness, holiness, or even anything close to a high moral standard.

Once again I read that my brothers and sisters in Christ can not understand how anyone would vote for a godless, pro-abortion, homosexual protecting candidate.

Consider the following:

In the recent past the abortion rates have declined regardless of which party holds the presidency.

Several books written by folks inside republican administrations have noted that they have deliberately manipulated evangelicals; scooping up our votes and leaving our agenda behind.

Even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, it stands to reason that many blue states, and a majority of swing states would protect a woman's right to choose. In other states, back room abortion clinics would spring up. Would this be a real victory for the unborn or simply a political victory for the right that puts one more burden on poor families that couldn't easily travel to a blue state, or to Mexico or Canada?
It is Democrats for Life House Caucus who have sponsored the initiative known as the Pregnant Women Support Act or the 95-10 Initiative (because its goal is to reduce abortion by 95% over a ten-year period).
This bill (H.R. 3192 and S. 2407), sponsored in the last Congress by Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), would, among other things:
• Establish a toll-free number to direct women to places that will provide support during and following their pregnancy;
• Fund collection of accurate data on abortion;
• Provide child care to low-income and student parents;
• Provide parenting education in maternity group homes;
• Make the Adoption Tax Credits permanent;
• Ensure that pregnant women are not denied health care by insurance companies and that coverage is continued for newborns;
• Codify the regulation that extends coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to low-income pregnant women and unborn children;
• Improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence;
• Provide services to parents receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally diagnosed conditions;
• Increase funding for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program;
• Provide grants to institutions of high education to fund pregnant and parenting student services;
• Provide new mothers with free home visits by registered nurses.

Now which smells like Jesus to you? The first choice is partnering with under motivated politicians to push for the reversal of a court decision that will force poor women into giving birth with out the necessary resources or seeking illegal abortions in backrooms. The other choice is work to establish a culture that support life and encourages women to carry their babies to full term. What would Jesus do?

In addition, some evangelicals simply don't share the view that state (not church) sanctioned civil unions between like gendered individuals threaten the sanctity of Christian marriage. (How could it? Will God not give all necessary aid to those who wish to live out a biblical vision of marriage?) or the well being of our civil society.

I have walked with God for over two decades in an attempt to love to my wife: I have hoped to be less selfish, to keep my eyes and habits in godly places, to love her, honor her and to pick up my junk that litters our home. I have tried to encourage the spiritual life of our boys and worked to support my wife's call to ministry in the world. I have had some success and some failure.

This is personal and is embarrassing to talk about. It is the business so my marriage, my small group, my pastor and my God. NONE of this has anything to do with whether or not my gay neighbors are in civil unions or even in state sanctioned marriages. I will NOT believe that my call to live out the gospel in our time is dependent on civil protections of my way of life.

I have not seen or heard any evidence to show that the fabric of our corporate life will be torn by civil unions between our gay neighbors and therefore I will not vote to establish a moral code that reinforces my most sacred beliefs at the expense of the rights of my neighbors.

And I will not fight or deny my admiration for those gay couple who live quiet lives of love and care in the face of our anger and hate.

While I listen to incessant criticism of my political perspectives, my brothers and sisters on the right seem silent on a host of moral questions that are less centered on protecting our way of life and more centered on protecting the common good and aiding the poor.

Today someone in my congregation is at home hoping and praying to recover from an illness that would normally be treated in a hospital with IV drugs because they are uninsured. The head of this household makes a humble income educating foster children with criminal records; the wife stays home with a special needs child. They deliberately moved to a low-income neighborhood to be part of our church’s outreach there.

Another woman in our community works tirelessly at a Christian medical clinic. She is a physician’s assistant (PA) so she can provide direct treatment to patients. Her passion is undisputed. She is insured. Her daughter was involved in tragic traffic accident. She was in the hospital for months. Her portion of the bills is well over six figures. There are disputes about coverage so she is looking for private assistance and will likely sue her insurance company; all this while she works and tries to help her daughter recover.

We spend more money (as a percent of GDP) on heath care than any country in the world yet tens of millions are uninsured or underinsured. Where is the moral outrage from my brothers and sisters who vote republican? Where is the comprehensive plan to provide adequate, affordable medical care to the least of these? Where is the moral voice that says no to putting the interests of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals ahead of those of our neighbors?

Most of my evangelical brothers and sisters can talk about the number of annual abortions, but how many can tell the number who have died from inadequate health care? How about the number of people who starve to death everyday or the total dollars it would take to provide medical care, food, water and education to the poorest of the poorest verse the amount of money this country spends on military?

Finally, is it not true that the Republican party has consistently governed in the interest of the rich? Is it not true that unrestricted free markets have allowed the greedy and unethical to inflict pain upon the poor? Is it not true that government over site of corporations is implied by our assertion that all have sinned and will continue to do so w/o divine intervention?

I am unapologetically Christian. I am an evangelical. I have a quiet time, I tithe, I share the gospel, I care for the poor and I am the husband of one wife. I am a Christian who lives out his call live under the Lordship of Christ by voting and for now I vote blue. For now, I am part of the 25% of our community that can be called blue Christians.


How dare the people who posted above judge other people's walk with God just because they voted against the candidate that the evangelicals hated up until this election. Do you think Jesus taught that we should take people who "might" be enemies and throw them in little cells in Cuba without any trial for SEVEN YEARS? Is that a Christian thing to do? Did Jesus tell us to go fight wars we can't win and just keep throwing our men and women at it and let them get killed? Did Jesus tell us the stock market was more important than taking care of the poor and that the free market would work itself out? These are the policies that McCain would have continued. I voted for Obama because I'm tired of how my party, the Republican Party was acting. I'm hoping the party will not wake up and start acting like it should. Republican does NOT equal Christian.

This message is to Clifford Ishii: I understand why you stated that your being a Christian Man guides your choice to be a Democrat, but there are 2 possibilities for you to prayerfully consider. 1) There is the possibility that you are mischaracterizing Republicans. Rebublicans' belief in small government looks at first glance like a hard-hearted disregard for the poor, when in fact it is nothing of the sort. It reflects instead a belief in God, the Author of Freedom, desiring a government that promotes freedom, not the opposite. 2) There is the possibility that seeing the government as the healer of our societal woes breaks the !st and 2nd commandments.

Wow, such hate by some of you. Remember what the two most important commandments are! We need respect for each other. Then maybe people will listen when we speak of respect for the unborn.

Once again I read that my brothers and sisters in Christ can not understand how anyone would vote for a godless, pro-abortion, homosexual protecting candidate.

Consider the following:

In the recent past the abortion rates have declined regardless of which party holds the presidency.

Several books written by folks inside republican administrations have noted that they have deliberately manipulated evangelicals; scooping up our votes and leaving our agenda behind.

Even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, it stands to reason that many blue states, and a majority of swing states would protect a woman's right to choose. In other states, back room abortion clinics would spring up. Would this be a real victory for the unborn or simply a political victory for the right that puts one more burden on poor families that couldn't easily travel to a blue state, or to Mexico or Canada?
It is Democrats in the for Life House Caucus who have sponsored the initiative known as the Pregnant Women Support Act or the 95-10 Initiative (because its goal is to reduce abortion by 95% over a ten-year period).
This bill (H.R. 3192 and S. 2407), sponsored in the last Congress by Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), would, among other things:
• Establish a toll-free number to direct women to places that will provide support during and following their pregnancy;
• Fund collection of accurate data on abortion;
• Provide child care to low-income and student parents;
• Provide parenting education in maternity group homes;
• Make the Adoption Tax Credits permanent;
• Ensure that pregnant women are not denied health care by insurance companies and that coverage is continued for newborns;
• Codify the regulation that extends coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to low-income pregnant women and unborn children;
• Improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence;
• Provide services to parents receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally diagnosed conditions;
• Increase funding for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program;
• Provide grants to institutions of high education to fund pregnant and parenting student services;
• Provide new mothers with free home visits by registered nurses.

Now which smells like Jesus to you? The first choice is partnering with under motivated politicians to push for the reversal of a court decision that will force poor women into giving birth without the necessary resources or seeking illegal abortions in backrooms. The other choice is work to establish a culture that support life and encourages women to carry their babies to full term. What would Jesus do?

In addition, some evangelicals simply don't share the view that state (not church) sanctioned civil unions between like gendered individuals threaten the sanctity of Christian marriage (How could it? Will God not give all necessary aid to those who wish to live out a biblical vision of marriage?) Nor do some of belief that the well being of our civil society is threatened by gay unions.

I have walked with God for over two decades in an attempt to love to my wife: I have tried to be less selfish, to keep my eyes and habits in godly places, to love her, honor her and to pick up my junk that litters our home. I have tried to encourage the spiritual life of our boys and worked to support my wife's call to ministry in the world. I have had some success and some failure.

This is personal and is embarrassing to talk about. It is the business of my marriage, my small group, my pastor and my God. NONE of this has anything to do with whether or not my gay neighbors are in civil unions or even in state sanctioned marriages. I will NOT believe that my call to live out the gospel in our time is dependent on civil protections of my way of life.

I have not seen or heard any evidence to show that the fabric of our corporate life will be torn by civil unions between our gay neighbors and therefore I will not vote to establish a moral code that reinforces my most sacred beliefs at the expense of the rights of my neighbors.

And I will not fight or deny my admiration for those gay couplew who live quiet lives of love and care in the face of our anger and hate.

While I listen to incessant criticism of my political perspectives, my brothers and sisters on the right seem silent on a host of moral questions that are less centered on protecting our way of life and more centered on protecting the common good and aiding the poor.

Today someone in my congregation is at home hoping and praying to recover from an illness that would normally be treated in a hospital with IV drugs because they are uninsured. The head of this household makes a humble income educating foster children with criminal records; the wife stays home with a special needs child. They deliberately moved to a low-income neighborhood to be part of our church’s outreach there.

Another woman in our community works tirelessly at a Christian medical clinic. She is a physician’s assistant (PA) so she can provide direct treatment to patients. Her passion is undisputed. She is insured. Her daughter was involved in tragic traffic accident. She was in the hospital for months. Her portion of the bills is well over six figures. There are disputes about coverage so she is looking for private assistance and will likely sue her insurance company; all this while she works and tries to help her daughter recover.

We spend more money (as a percent of GDP) on heath care than any country in the world yet tens of millions are uninsured or underinsured. Where is the moral outrage from my brothers and sisters who vote republican? Where is the comprehensive plan to provide adequate, affordable medical care to the least of these? Where is the moral voice that says no to putting the interests of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals ahead of those of our neighbors?

Most of my evangelical brothers and sisters can talk about the number of annual abortions, but how many can tell the number who have died from inadequate health care? How about the number of people who starve to death everyday or the total dollars it would take to provide medical care, food, water and education to the poorest of the poorest verses the amount of money this country spends on military?

Finally, is it not true that the Republican Party has consistently governed in the interest of the rich? Is it not true that unrestricted free markets have allowed the greedy and unethical to inflict pain upon the poor? Is it not true that government over site of corporations is implied by our assertion that all have sinned and will continue to do so w/o divine intervention?

I am unapologetically Christian. I am an evangelical. I have a quiet time, I tithe, I share the gospel, I care for the poor and I am the husband of one wife. I am a Christian who lives out his call live under the Lordship of Christ by voting and for now I vote blue. For now, I am part of the 25% of our community that can be called blue Christians.

I'm not a christian, but to believe the bible is to believe that Jesus died for all, even the righteous right, who know no humility. I wonder what your Jesus would say about Andrew and Brian who claim him but demonstrate not a whit of humility or compassion. They are shining examples of the holier than thou righteous right.

The Hebrews believed that naming a child was so important because there is destiny in a name. So what is the destiny of a man named Barack Hussein Obama?


It would indeed be interesting to see the actual percent of “Evangelicals” that are Black, Hispanic, et cetera and their voting preference. Not only that, but their choice of political party as well.

In addition, if one wonders what has happened to the Church, you have no further to look than the pulpit/leadership in most. The move from "repent and sin no more" and stressing the fact that with God there is no "gray area", to being purveyors of "you can be a better you" (no, I am not knocking Exhortation in the body - far from it) where people are focusing more on self-help/improvement and a “gospel of feel-good” than on living right and clean before God, has gone far to facilitate the numbing of the conscious and the turning of a blind-eye to many things that are, simply, sin.

The love of money is the root of all evil. Now that we have a Big Spender headed to the White House (Obama spent $350 million to get there) we will see what man's love affair is all about. God help us because the government won't!

In these elections, I rejoice with those that rejoice, for they too have been created by God, and all have a purpose and I also cry with those that cry, for the same reasons. We have done our part, we have voted! The majority, of those that voted in our nation, has chosen Mr. Barak Obama as our next President; the candidate that best reflects the county's "IDEALS." Therefore, we must now go forward, serve and support our country, and continue to pray for our leaders, country and world. No one man can do it, not even a group of men can do it alone - they both need and must have GOD as their inspiration, and role model TO SUCCEED.

President-Elect Barak Obama is a very charismatic, well versed, intelligent, energetic, bright and educated young leader. However, I did not cast my vote for him; nor would I ever vote for a candidate who would foster a gay agenda or the pro-choice agenda. My role as a Christian is to be light and salt to the world. I must call sin "SIN," but I must love the sinner. I will get down on my knees and pray for my next president, President Elect Obama. I will place my petition at the Lord’s feet, to use President-Elect Obama in the highest and most powerful way; so that first God can be glorified; then that all the world can see God reflected in the life of President-Elect Barak Obama; and thus our country will be healed. I invite you to accompany me, let’s kneel together and pray for all!

I find comments like those of Andrew extremely offensive. It is because of Christians like him that I have left a lifetime in the evangelical church. With a Bachelor of Theology from Multnomah and several years in missionary work in Europe, the umbilical ties between the American evangelical church and the Republican Party drove me away. I still believe in Jesus, and I do believe that Barack Obama far more represents what Jesus taught (love your neighbor, take care of the poor and defenseless, do not resort to violence, etc, NOT ONCE mentioning homosexuality or abortion anywhere in his teachings) than those on the right of the political spectrum.

Hate, intolerance, bitterness, ignorance and narrow-mindedness have come to characterize the average right-wing evangelical viewpoint.(Ref. above comments about Obama). If I have to spend eternity in Hell (not that I believe in your evangelical Hell anymore, anyway) for my apostacy, that is a price I am willing to pay. You are probably glad that we liberals will not be "up" there messing up your Heaven, too!

This "Pharisee Gospel" under the disguise of our precious Lord Jesus Christ is as it was in the days of Jeremiah. God spoke through him what the modern day Christians did not want to hear. Why isn't there any talk of the lies and divisiveness of John McCain (a known liar) and Sarah Palin (a self professed red neck). The honor-less and hate-provoking campaign was not what Jesus would have wanted to see... a platform demonstrating hate and racism before all the people of America and the entire world. Are Christians (mainly white male evangelicals) so blind that they can't see ALL SIN that abhors God!!! Read Proverbs 6....the seven sins that is an abomination to God! Liars, those that sow discord among their brethren, etc. I am ashamed to see that racism still exists in the church and God is not pleased. The Bush Administration did not honor the people with an arrogant leadership and polluting our land with pride, greed, the absence of integrity and trustworthiness. The world saw our nation as weak and without character. There is no sin in Heaven! Racism is not permitted, Hate is not permitted, Jealousy is not permitted, Greed is not permitted as well as the 2-3 sins you are so voiced about.

You, modern day (Fair-I-See) Christians are a tear in the eyes of God....He loves all people....not just the innocent children in the womb....When Cain killed Abel he was a grown man! America has wounds that represent many years of killing innocent black men, women, and children!!! Their blood is crying out to God for justice too! God is not pleased and seeks justice for sin! (STOP choosing which sins you find to be convenient and acceptable....sins driven by your own selfish agenda!) I ask you to Self-examine and Explore your heart and repent!

Jesus died to redeem all of man-kind. Where was the heart of Jesus and his shed blood in the McCain campaign??? Surely, the crowds of Obama were representative of the true Americans of all creeds, color, and race. Sounds like what Heaven will look like when those that truly have the Spirit of God see the face of our Saviour. Let's accept our new president-elet Barack Obama and pray for him. Show love and not preference! The true love (unconditional) of Jesus Christ! The same love that made him die for your sins (which are many).

Repent, Repent, for the Kingdom of God IS AT HAND!

I just want let Ruby know that she should have paid more attention in church, because she obviously has no idea what it means to follow Christ. I sincerely hope what you said about spending eternity in hell was in jest.
I am an evangelical christian who also doesn't understand how a follower of Jesus could vote for Obama. Murder of innocent children through abortion is an important issue for Christians. McCain wouldn't have been my first pick for president, but I voted for the lesser of the evils. I have a 15 year old daughter, who I tried my best to raise as a christian, and she is pregnant. Her child is not a punishment, it is a gift. I would much rather have her become a mother that live with the guilt and shame of allowing a doctor to scrape her unborn child out of her uterus. We are teaching her to love others, by making room in our lives for a child.
I don't hate,am not intolerant,ignorant or narrow-minded. I will support Barack Obama as my president and I will pray for him and my country. I will also pray for you Ruby. I'm sorry you have distanced yourself from the church, it is your loss, though. Barack Obama does in no way represent what Jesus taught for that matter neither does John McCain. However, the morals of the conservative christian republican does. Look up some statistics on who takes care of the poor and hungry. You'll find it's overwhelmingly the Church. When it comes down to it your relationship with God and your salvation are your responsibility and when you stand before God to be judged, you will stand alone. The liberal left will not be by your side.
I would love to see you in Heaven.

I'm very much interested in the criteria used here to define "evangelical" in these statistics. I'm gobsmacked to wonder how it is that states like North Dakota could be considered to have a higher percentage of "evangelical voters" than Texas, Virgina, or South Carolina--states which, by most definitions are traditionally part of the "Bible Belt" and where the great bulk of the population at least qualifies as "culturally evangelical" even if they're not ACTIVELY evangelical--there hasn't been that much of a Sunbelt changeover in those states. Until there's a little more explication of just how they were defining "evangelical" in these polls I would take all of this data with pounds of salt....


God has made only the American church, with no people of color. To be the true church with a cure for all the is a problem in our nation.

Thanks for a very helpful resource, Ted. You do need to check your numbers on Kentucky, though...unless ACORN was more successful there than anyone dreamed! :)

No born again Christian voted for Obama. A born again Christian would certainly have discern who Obama is by the time of the election. Obama called himself a "citizen of the world". What Christian, as he calls himself, would call himself that.
Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of God in the world, not citizens of world.

Go Obama.
Yep proud to support him

All that I can say is Thank God that the evangelicals are in the minority in this Country. I myself do not aspire to live in a nation dominated by Taliban-like theocrats. Enough of the fear mongering; let's get on with building a nation that benefits all of us. We can do it. We have (had, until the corporates sold us down the street, we can change that too) the wealth to make anything a reality.
I believe that every human being has the innate drive to be creative and to excel (it doesn't matter what in, be it baking, digging a hole, creating javascript, running a country, picking up trash or washing down the pigs), but, like that lowly bean in the garden, will never produce if the soil is barren or the rain doesn't fall. People have to be given opportunity. The corporates control so much of the wealth, it is time that they give back to those who so desperatley need it.

I think it is important for Christians to begin to vote the way that God would likely desire them to vote! We are in the mess that we are in today because Christians and conxervatives alike continue to vote for the "lesser of two evils." The result is that we have slowly moved in the direction of ungodliness and liberalism!

Pastor Richards does a fabulous job discussing the way Christians should decide on whom to vote for. “Biblical Discernment on Voting” was a great help to me!

http://www.sermon.net/faith_baptist

God bless!

"Obama must not insult Biblical Christians like many liberals do or he risks alienating Biblical Christians at his own peril."

You're right about that, Josh, and liberals are paying for the unnecessary and divisive rhetoric from their side. I just read a ton of it last night at the Washington Post.
But it's very much a two way street with many rightwing Christians blaming secular culture, not necessarily in polite language, for problems with far more complex origins, basically blaming seculars for all America's problems, so to some extent people are only replying in kind.
Personally, I'm insulted (infuriated to be honest) by the claim that there is no basis for morality outside of religion, an idea that anti-seculars, like the last two Popes, have been pushing hard. What, they think people who don't belong to an organized religion don't have a conscience? Isn't that what they're saying?

may I have permission to copy and print out some of the percentages of the way that the christians voted in the 2008 election from your state map on your web site http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2008/11/the_evangelical.html

Thanks either way....