The Common Good

Christian Right’s Influence Shaken by U.S. Election

Date: November 8, 2012

“I don’t think the religious title mattered as much as the values articulated,” Tim King, director of communications for Sojourners, a national Christian organisation that focuses on social justice issues, told IPS. “Romney failed to articulate basic economic values – that we are a country that takes care of one another.”

Sojourners has taken a keen interest in the young evangelical vote in 2012. A survey it completed a month ago found that this demographic finds itself torn between the two political parties.

“I think young evangelicals are going to find themselves encouraged in some areas and disappointed in others,” King said. “Our survey found young evangelicals polling with Democrats on issues of immigration, same-sex marriage and domestic policies. Yet, they polled with Republicans on issues of foreign policy and abortion.”