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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Poll shows evangelicals voted with Dems in Ohio. Same poll later found smoking crack in alley

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 6:26 AM

In a head-scratching recent poll, Zogby International, the polling company know for its flubbing of the New Hampshire primaries, found that 43 percent of white, evangelical Christians voted with the Dems in the recent Ohio primary, a notion that is really f-ing with our minds. ... Some might think this is a direct result of radio host Rush Limbaugh’s call to arms. But others say the Christian right just isn’t quite sure where they stand on the candidates for this election. Sabrina Eaton, of the Plain Dealer, recently highlighted some of their quandaries:
Shaun Casey of the Center for American Progress said the poll shows "real political and theological restlessness" among evangelical Christians, 78 percent of whom backed President Bush in 2004. "At this moment, it seems they are feeling less comfortable in that camp," said Casey, a Christian ethics professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. But evangelical leaders unassociated with the poll's release cautioned against interpreting its results as a broad change among evangelical voters, and said it could merely show that none of the presidential candidates has discussed issues the group cares about. "In the absence of people talking about our issues, people are voting other issues," said Bishop Harry Jackson, a Cincinnati native who heads a church in Lanham, Md., and publicly backed President Bush in 2004.
Or maybe they’re just feeling duped. The Shrub didn’t ban homo-sexuals to a planet inhabited by unicorns like many hoped, nor did he use his power (yet) to throw Roe v. Wade out the window of his truck on an abandoned Texas highway. Or it could signal that Christians, along with most folks, are pretty concerned about not being able to find work, pay mortgages, or, generally speaking, survive the next eight months without having to sell their kids on eBay. But more likely, it probably just reinforces the idea driven home by the polling company’s founder, John Zogby, when he appeared on the Daily Show: that his polls are aren’t worth a damn. -- Bradley Campbell


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