Saturday, November 12, 2016

More On Presidential Voting By Religious Groupings

Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center, using exit polls, published How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis.  It breaks down the vote in last Tuesday's Presidential election by faith group.  The group giving Donald Trump the largest percentage-- 81%-- of their vote were described in the survey as "White born-again/ evangelical Christians". The category overlaps some of the other categories reported: Protestant/ other Christian- 58%; White Catholic- 60%. Groups giving Trump the lowest percentage of their votes were: Jewish- 24%; Hispanic Catholic- 26%; Religiously unaffiliated- 26%.

In the same vein, yesterday the New York Times posted an article titled Religious Right Believes Donald Trump Will Deliver on His Promises, saying in part:
Now that he has won, evangelical leaders say they are confident Mr. Trump will deliver on the political promises he made to them. These include appointing a conservative to the Supreme Court, defunding Planned Parenthood, protecting businesses that refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings and rescinding the mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance coverage for birth control.
And with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, an evangelical with a record of legislating against abortion and same-sex marriage, as vice president, Christian leaders say they feel reassured they will have access to the White House and a seat at the table.