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April 20, 2011

Majority of Americans, Evangelicals Disapprove of Obama & Congressional Leaders

In Washington, cherry blossoms are in bloom. Love for political leaders, however, is not. A majority of Americans do not approve of how President Obama is handling critical issues such as the situation in Libya or the deficit, according to the April political poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The poll suggests that Americans also are pleased with leaders in Congress.

While Obama’s overall approval rating was 47 percent, approval of his handling of the deficit was only 33 percent. He fared better for his handling of the situation in Libya, with 41 percent approving. Support was, not surprisingly, highest among Democrats, over 60 percent of whom gave Obama thumbs up on both issues. Republicans were not impressed, with less than one-in-ten approving of his handling of the deficit.

Evangelicals were similarly disapproving of Obama. Only 13 percent approved of his handling of the deficit; 25 percent approved of his job on Libya. This was lower than approval ratings for other religious groups, though mainline Protestants and Catholics showed a similar pattern of having higher approval for Libya than the deficit. Black Protestants and those who are not affiliated with a religious tradition showed the same level of support for Obama's handling of both issues.

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But if GOP leaders expected evangelicals to approve of Republican leaders in Congress, they were disappointed. Overall, the public does not look kindly on Congress. Roughly a third approved of Republican leaders in Congress. The same proportion approved of Democratic leaders.

As with Obama's approval rating, there is a partisan split, but not as much of a religious one. Republicans approved of GOP leaders (60 percent) but not Democratic leaders (10 percent). Democrats were the opposite with 59 percent approval for their party's leadership and 15 percent approval for the Republicans.

Evangelicals were the most approving of religious groups of the Republican leadership, but a majority disapproved of the GOP and only 43 percent approved. Mainline Protestants and Catholics disapproved of both parties, and only a third of each tradition approving of each party's leadership. Black Protestants and those unaffiliated with a religious tradition had higher approval of Democrats than Republicans in Congress.

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It is unclear from the poll whether the lack of support among evangelicals reflects a low view of Republican leaders per se. While evangelical approval of GOP leaders was not as lopsided as the approval among the rank-and-file Republicans, evangelicals were the only religious group to have a higher approval rating for Republican leaders than Democratic leaders.

Editors Note: The Public Religion Research Institute provided Christianity Today with a religious breakdown of questions from the poll. However, CT is responsible for all analysis and interpretation of the results. Around one-fifth of Americans are identified as white evangelicals in the poll. The margin of error for subsamples is larger than for the poll as a whole. The results are descriptive; religious differences could be due to partisanship, ideology, income, or other factors.

Comments

These polls are fixed by those who would have us to believe their lies.The polls are obviously drawn from republican strongholds.I dare to say the the pollist don't go into the neighborhoods of the needy, downtrodden and underserved. When have any of them been to the slums, the ghettos, the homeless? I am a registered voter for all of my voting eligibility years and am now 62. NEVER! have I been asked for my opinion, let alone a public opinion, about what you claim to be the concerns of the so called majority! A majority of who?

How is the President's approval by any Christian or group of Christians different from that their approval of a movie star or professional athlete?
Please be careful not to suggest Evangelical Christians know how to run a country because they're Evangelical Christians. You won't get a harp in Heaven if you can't play the harp.
Salvation and following Christ are for individuals, not groups or nations. Please do not suggest God watches over our nation and will sustain us if we enact Biblical laws to punish those who do not follow Christ the way Evangelical Christians do. God could not care less whether you are American or Zambian. What is in your heart matters, not your politics. He doesn't care whether America thrives, in part because He knows it will pass, but also because He does not play favorites with temporary human constructs.

I hope some are not suggesting that God has never watched over certain nations, He certainly watched and protected Israel in the Old Testament, and even recent history suggests that He did in the 1967 war and will be in the future as well (Rev). Just look up in an online concordance the words God and nation, and you'll see many places where God said He will watch out for Israel. Of course things were different then, and there was a Theocracy. But many, if not most Christians, believe that if the US is good to Israel we will be blessed, and if we intentionally bring harm, it may very well bring God's wrath. The Founding Fathers were well aware of what God said about nations that follow Him. Nathan Hale said "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by ... on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ". He would probably be hung again by today's politically correct Christians, who really do not have the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Only God knows for sure of course, but He can certainly read hearts, and our actions are seen by others.

Deut 15:6 "For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you."

Deut 28:1-3 "Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. "All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:
"Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country."

People are starting to wake up to the fact that both 'parties' are in fact the two wings of one power, the Babylonian money power, and that America is a democracy in name only. Lobbyists and campaign-financing are where the power lies, not the voters and taxpayers. AIPAC, an agent of a violently racist, war-crimes-committing foreign country, has more influence over US foreign policy that all American voters put together. Hence the irony of the wars America is waging 'to bring democracy to the world'. The catastrophic US involvement in Iraq on the pretext of non-existent 'weapons of mass destruction' is of course the outstanding example - the US is maintaining a firm hold on power there through the largest (fortified) embassy in the world.

Wall Street, Hollywood, US foreign policy, the Supreme Court, the legal system generally, mainstream media-management, the universities and the radical feminist and pro-abortion and pro-gay movements, are all over-Edomed. A century before the birth of Christ, a people utterly condemned by all the major prophets, the Edomites, were converted as a group to become 'Jews'. According to Josephus, the Jewish historian who lived just after the time of Christ, 'They (Edom) were hereafter no other than Jews' (Josephus Antiquities of the Jews, XIII ix 1; XV vii 9). Roth’s Concise Jewish Encyclopedia (1980) says ‘John Hyrcanus forcibly converted [Edom] to Judaism. From then on they were part of the Jewish people..’ (p 154). The Jewish Encyclopedia (1925) says 'Edom is in Jewry' (Volume 5 p. 41). Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘hated Esau (Edom)’, a people ‘against whom he has indignation forever’ (Malachi 1:2-4). Revelation 19:13 describes Christ’s cloak as soaked in blood. Bibles with marginal references and other reference Bibles virtually all link this to Isaiah 63:1-6, so Christ Himself will destroy Edom. Obadiah verse 4: ‘Though you soar like the eagle and set your nest among the stars [referring to Edom’s power at the end of the age - see the US President's official crest with occult, so-called 'Star of David' formed with stars], I will bring you down from there, says the Lord.’ 'There shall be no survivor from the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken' (verse 18).

Ah, aw, yummy! Polls, polls and more Polls!

They're like a lunch-buffet at a your favorite buffet style Restaurant or Cafeteria. Picky and choosy, as easy to manipulate without any scrupulous concerns, as are Statistics.

Problem is, that the real poll is the one at the official voting booth on Elections day. Then after that, we can all go backt to the usual belly aching, complaining, whining and whinnies. Because fasting and prayer is too much work and it cause weigh loss.

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In concur with some of the sentiments. What may have been founded by Christian principles is being eroded by our greed. Washington has been bought and sold.

As for Israel, let me say that not all Israel is true Israel. The promise of Israel to be a great nation is being fulfilled in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came, Israel was there but as God promised Abraham that He'll have children as numerous as like the stars in the sky .... is coming true in and through the Christ and His church, as more and more of us gentiles are being grafted into the true Israel.

Just because some pastors have been also bought out by lobby groups doesn't mean we should agree with everything they say. I consider myself an evangelical conservative Christian as well.