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June 23, 2011

Pawlenty Leads National Association of Evangelicals Poll

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty came out on top of a survey from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) this month. The NAE recently surveyed its 100-some board members, 45 percent of whom said they would name Pawlenty as the Republican candidate while just 14 percent said the same thing about former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Twenty-two percent were undecided.

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The survey asked, “Assuming Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate, if you were to choose a preferred Republican presidential candidate for 2012, who would you name?” Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee led the 2007 list when both parties were included. A spokesperson for the NAE said that the survey was an open-ended question where respondents entered a name. The full ranking was not available.

Pawlenty, who attends Wooddale Church led by NAE president Leith Anderson, met with the NAE Board of Directors at in 2008 while he was still governor.

“Pawlenty leads the list of Republican candidates for our evangelical leaders which might be expected since he is so often identified as an evangelical," Anderson said in the statement. "Although, like the rest of the nation, there are still many undecided. With more than a year before the national nominating conventions, a lot can change.”

While the press release stated that none of the board members mentioned religion when choosing another candidate, a recent Pew study suggested that evangelicals overall might have a harder time choosing a Mormon candidate.

CT interviewed Pawlenty earlier this year.

Comments

I find it interesting that as a spiritual believer I believe that God spoke to my heart concerning Tim Pawlenty the first time that I heard of him and as a result I believe that Tim is the man for the job. God bless America again!

I choose Romney. He has strong moral convictions, no scandals, and an amazing family. It also helps that he would be able to win the general election and his economic genius. Mormons are some of the most principled and Christian people I have ever met and we all share in the same moral convictions. They have stood up for good and Christian principles consistently and have produced many persons who have helped make America a better and safer place to live.

Christians need to remove themselves from all secular political parties for their agenda and leader is not God's or God. Nor should christians vote for a mormon, someone who does not believe in God. His agenda is not God's either. Christians cannot be the light unto the world when it is dimmed and tarnished by secular messages that come from secular parties and cult members.