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Young Christian voters show disconnect with religious right

January 20th, 2008 | by Jones of the Nile |

RELEVANT magazine just released a poll of Christian voters between the ages of 18-34, and the results…well  , they may surprise you.

Now, I think it’s best to take polls with a huge grain of salt. Or perhaps a hallucinogen ic substance. But if the results of the RELEVANT magazine survey are to be taken at face value, they show a remarkable disconnect between the political concerns of young Christian voters, and the political agendas being set by Focus on the Family, Club for Growth, the Christian Coalition and the like.

Among the more surprising results:

  • When asked WWJVF (”Who Would Jesus Vote For”), 28 percent said Sen. Barack Obama, compared to 24 percent who said Gov. Mike Huckabee.
  • When asked whether they thought the U.S. should have universal health care, 59 percent said yes.
  • When asked whether churches should be able to support candidates, 62 percent said no.
  • For those who voted for George W. Bush in 2004, 33 percent said that if they had to do it over again, they would change their vote.

There are more results here, and also a press release about the poll posted here. The spin? Well, according to RELEVANT co-founder and publisher Cameron Strang, “Young Christians simply don’t seem to feel a connection to the traditional religious right. Many differ strongly on domestic policy issues, namely issues that affect the poor, and are dissatisfied with America’s foreign policy and war. In general, we’re seeing that twentysometh ing Christians hold strongly to conservative moral values, but at the same time don’t feel that their personal moral beliefs need to be legislated to people who don’t agree with them. It’s an interesting paradox, and is creating clear division between this generation and the religious right.”

Does this spell the end of groups like Focus or the Christian Coalition? Certainly not. But if these results are real, it does prove that the influence these groups once had in influencing religious voters might be on the wane, making way for a little common sense and tolerance.

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