The Common Good

New Post-Election Poll Exposes Shift in Priorities of Evangelical, Catholic Voters

Source: Sojourners
Date: November 12, 2008


New Post-Election Poll Exposes Shift in Priorities of Evangelical, Catholic Voters

Religious Trends Indicate New Faith Constituency & Agenda for Next Administration

WHAT: Results of a new post-election poll providing an in-depth look at the shift in priorities and moral agenda for Catholics, evangelicals, and religious voters in the 2008 election will be released this Friday, November 14th during a teleconference for journalists. Topics explored in the new survey include:

·          Candidate "friendliness" to religion;

·          The impact of Sarah Palin’s nomination on evangelical voters;

·          Support for a broader values agenda;

·          Attitudes toward a common ground approach on abortion;

·          Voting issue priorities;

·          Beliefs about causes of the economic crisis.

Sponsored by Faith in Public Life, in partnership with Sojourners and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and conducted by Public Religion Research, the national survey is based on interviews with 1,277 people who voted early or on Election Day in the 2008 election. The study was conducted from November 5-7, 2008 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

WHY: To date, post-election polls have exposed the changes in voting patterns among religious groups but not helped to explain why these shifts have occurred. The study will add valuable context to exit polls and other recent polls, including the Faith and American Politics Survey. Religious leaders and polling experts will analyze the data from this new poll to outline key shifts in religious voters' political and moral agenda and explain the factors that caused these changes. These unique trends indicate a new faith constituency with a broader moral agenda that will have a significant impact upon the next presidential administration and Congress.

WHO: Dr. Robert P. Jones, President, Public Religion Research

Rev. Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners

Alexia Kelley, Executive Director, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Katie Paris, Director of Communications Strategy, Faith in Public Life

WHEN: Friday, November 14, 2008, 11:00 a.m. EST

DIAL-IN: 888.674.0222, Call ID: "Post-election Poll"

RSVP: Email or call Kenny Hiser at or 202.745.4625 to reserve your place.

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