Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Young evangelicals and politics

GetReligion reports that, according to the Pew survey, young Evangelicals are more conservative than their elders:
A few numbers are already up at the Pew website. I imagine that the big headlines will focus on the fading numbers for President Bush and the possible implications for 2008. However, what jumps out at me is that young evangelicals are remaining quite traditional on the hottest of hot-button social issues — abortion.

Thus, the earliest document posted at Pew ends by noting:
And when it comes to abortion, younger white evangelicals are even more conservative than their older counterparts. For example, 70% of younger white evangelicals favor “making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion,” compared with 55% of older white evangelicals and 39% of young Americans overall who share this view.

This strong allegiance to conservatism and conservative positions suggests that young white evangelicals’ turn away from the president and his party may be the product of dissatisfaction with this particular administration rather than the result of an underlying shift in this group’s political values and policy views.
Frankly, that is totally logical. Let’s see if there are any surprises in the rest of the numbers. This ought to be interesting.
Pew set to parse the young evangelicals » GetReligion

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