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One of the big takeaways from today’s new poll on religious voters is that white evangelicals under 35 are a lot more progressive than their parents, by a number of different measures. It’s worth noting that abortion is not one of them: More than six-in-ten (62%) say abortion is very important to their vote, compared…

The progressive religious group Faith in Public Life, founded after the ’04 elections, is holding a conference call right now on its new polling of religious Americans, paying special attention to young evangelicals, Catholics, and other Some key findings from the poll: Monthly worship attenders swing to Obama in 2008. The greatest shift in candidate…

Remember back to the Republican primaries, when Mike Huckabee campaigned as a new kind of evangelical candidate, adding issues like the environment, education, and poverty to the hot-button agenda of God, guns, and gays? That big-tent Huck seems to be in much shorter supply now. An email the Arkansas governor just sent out soliciting donations…

Spiritual Politics’ Mark Silk took a close look at the new Survey USA poll from Virginia, which gives Obama an eye-popping ten-point lead, and discerned a narrowing of the God Gap–including the white God gap: Since SUSA’s late June Virginia poll, in which Obama led by only two points (49-47), the numbers for occasional attenders…

Many in the conservative pro-life movement are getting fed up with Barack Obama’s overtures to pro-lifers by offering a new take on the issue, vowing to reduce demand for abortion rather than curtailing abortion rights. This growing frustration is evident in comments on this blog from National Right to Life Legislative Director Douglas Johnson in…

Check out this new election video emphasizing pro-life, anti-gay marriage positions from the conservative Catholic group Fidelis. The New York Times reports that the video, which implies support for the Republican ticket, has been posted by Catholic churches across the country on their web site. For a good example, check out the site of The…

God-o-Meter has proposed that when Sarah Palin uses the term “world view” she means biblical worldview. Here’s how she used the phrase in last night’s debate: But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are…

The Matthew 25 Network, founded by John Kery’s onetime religious outreach director, launched a new pro-Obama site targeting pro-lifers this week. The site prominently features former Reagan/Bush 1 legal counsel Doug Kmiec, who God-o-Meter interviewed recently, making a case for how to reduce demand for reducing abortion without criminalizing it.

Sarah Palin’s selection has split the Republican Party between the religious conservatives and everyone else, evoking the failed nomination of the evangelical Harriet Miers (right) to the Supreme Court three years ago. That split was more visible than every this week. Here’s what the new Pew poll found: There also are sizable differences in opinions…

Pew is out with new numbers tracking which religious groups (Beliefnet might call ’em tribes) are preferring which presidential candidate when over the last few months. What strikes God-o-Meter is how little movement there’s been among candidate preferences in the last four years. There’s been little movement among white evangelicals: God-o-Meter’s gotta wonder why all the…

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