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Barack Obama gaining evangelical voters

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 11, 2008 | 3:25 pm

This is not a scientific poll. But survey results from Christianity Today’s Website this week showed that Barack Obama was more popular with evangelical Christians than his Republican counterpart, John McCain. The poll found about 51 percent of evangelicals supported Obama, while only 41 percent support McCain.

My how the tables have turned. Last month, CT readers gave McCain a 17-point edge. No more.

We know Obama has been doing a lot of outreach to evangelicals. If this poll were representative, and a sampling of 3,200 IP addresses voting at Christianitytoday.com likely is not, it would spell very, very bad news for McCain. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t captured the evangelical vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976, and the Republicans know how that turned out.

John Green, the religion and politics guru at Pew, said last month that if McCain received less than 67 percent of white evangelical votes, it could cause a “political earthquake.” And you know what earthquakes can cause: landslides.

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