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Tired of the Election Yet?
Here’s some more religious info from the exit polls:
Support for the Democratic candidate doubled among young evangelicals since the last presidential election.
This supports a Faith in Public Life study released before the election, which suggested young evangelicals have broadened their agenda.
“Young evangelicals embrace a broad range of moral concerns — they want to see government power used responsibly to address key national problems, and their heart breaks for those who suffer the most both here and around the world,” said Dr. David Gushee, professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and author of The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center. “They disdain ideology, partisanship, polemics, and religious pandering. They want to be known for what they are for and not what they are against.”
The study, released last month, included these findings:
Less than half of younger evangelicals identify as conservative, compared to two-thirds of the older evangelicals.
Younger white evangelicals favor bigger government with more services, more than older white evangelical voters.
Young white evangelicals are strongly opposed to abortion rights. But it’s not a main voting issue.
The majority of young white evangelicals favor some sort of recognition of same-sex unions, while older evangelicals do not.
More younger evangelicals believe a person can be moral and not believe in God than their older counterparts do.
And my favorite part of the survey: The age range of younger voters is 18-34, giving me another year to still be a "young voter." Thanks, Faith in Public Life!