I am vindicated!
As I have long suspected, (December 10, and January 4) the evangelical vote is not moving toward Obama as the MSM has been reporting since last November. In fact, support for Obama among Evangelicals at this point in the election cycle (25%) is slightly less than it was for John Kerry (26%) four years ago! GetReligion.org reports this media hoax based on Pew research figures.
Take this story from Wednesday’s Waco Tribune-Herald. Reporter Terri Jo Ryan begins her piece this way:
For more than 20 years, evangelical Christians have been viewed as a monolithic voting block, and that rock belonged to the Republican Party.
But the 2008 election has seen more younger and politically independent evangelicals telling pollsters they back Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama
Have they? She cites no evidence — other than anecdotal — that evangelicals are, in fact, backing Obama. The story is long and does quote a professor throwing water on the supposed inroads with evangelicals. But if you’re going to claim that polls show increased evangelical support — provide the data. That Pew poll, released later this week, doesn’t support Ryan’s lede.
Twenty-six percent of white evangelicals supported Kerry at this time in 2004. This year, 25 percent of white evangelicals support Obama. Some migration!
But the media seem to have decided that the story of this campaign will be the movement of white evangelicals from the Republican Party to the Democratic. And they’ll probably just beat that horse until it happens.
Not to mention the fact that Obama is way, way, way behind among Catholics.