Confidence in Public Institutions
The military 64%
The church or organized religion 56
The police 54
The U.S. Supreme Court 47
The medical system 40
The presidency 42
Public Schools 37
TV News 36
Source: The Gallup Organization, July 10, 2000
Religious Influence in Public Life
Q: Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have greater influence in politics and public life than they do now, less influence, or about the same influence as they do now?
No opinion 2%
Source: Survey by The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University, July 29-August 18, 1998, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
Influence of Judeo-Christian Beliefs
Q: We're interested in finding out why you think America has been successful during this past century. [Do you think]...Judeo-Christian beliefs...is a major reason, or not a reason for America's success?
Major reason 41%
Minor reason 28%
Not a reason 20%
Don't know 11%
Source: Survey by Princeton Survey Research Associates for the Pew Research Center, April 6-May 6, 1999, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
A Candidate's Faith--Public or Private?
Q: Do you think candidates for president should publicly discuss their religious beliefs or keep their religious beliefs to themselves?
Keep to themselves 47%
No opinion 7%
Source: Survey by ABC News January 19-23, 2000, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
Relationship with Jesus--A Factor in Voting Choices?
Q: As you may know, some candidates for president this year have talked about their personal relationship with Jesus Christ during debates and news interviews. When a candidate for office does this, does it generally make you more likely or less likely to support that person for president?
More likely 51%
Less likely 26%
Depends on the candidate/statement (vol.) 7%
No opinion 16%
Source: Survey by the Gallup Organization for CNN/USA Today, December 20-21, 1999, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
Shared Religious Belief--A Factor in Voting Choices?
Q: Which of the following is more important to you in deciding how to vote for president--a candidate's personal commitment to his religious beliefs, or a candidate who shares your religious beliefs?
A candidate's personal commitment to his
religious beliefs 49%
A candidate who shares your religious beliefs 17%
Neither (vol.) 28%
Not sure 6%
Source: Survey by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, March 2-5, 2000, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
Religion and Policy Decisions by Politicians
Q: Which is closer to your point of view? Some people say our elected officials should be guided by their religious values when making policy decisions. Other people say it would be bad if our elected officials were guided by their religious values when making policy decisions because religion and politics shouldn't mix.
Should be guided by religious principle 42%
Religion and politics don't mix 46%
Both equally/none (vol.) 6%
Note: Asked of registered likely voters
Source: Survey by the Tarrance Group & Lake, Snell, Perry, & Associates, January 3-5, 2000, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives
Political Profile of Born-Again Christians
Overall, 85% of the born again individuals are registered, compared to 75% among non-born again adults. Among born again adults who are registered, the same percentage are associated with the Democratic Party as with the Republican Party (35%). A minority of born again voters consider themselves to be conservative (43%). However, born again voters are seven times more likely to consider themselves to be conservative than to be liberal.
Among the born again constituency, not quite one-fifth are evangelicals. Of the 57 million born again Christians who are likely to vote, 12 million are evangelicals. The evangelicals are more likely to be registered to vote, to call themselves conservative, and to be likely to vote. Evangelicals prefer Governor Bush to Vice President Gore by a 4 to 1 ratio (68% to 17%). The number of born again voters will be double the total number of black and Hispanic voters combined.