White Evangelicals: An Unmovable Political Force

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Over at Roll Call, Nathan L. Gonzalez reminds us that white evangelicals are one of the most reliable voting blocs in America.  Here is a taste of his piece:

Amid all the talk about shifting demographics and political changes over the last decade, one key voting group has remained virtually unchanged: white evangelicals.

According to one evangelical leader, a record number of white evangelicals voted in the 2018 midterms after an inspired turnout effort.

“This is the most ambitious and most effective voter education, get-out-the-vote program directed at the faith-based vote in a midterm election in modern political history,” Faith & Freedom Coalition President Ralph Reed said the day after the November elections.

But since turnout was up across the board, white evangelicals made up the same percentage of the electorate as they always do.

After ticking up from 23 percent of the electorate in 2004 to 24 percent in 2006 and 26 percent in 2008, the share of the white evangelical vote has been unshaken at 25 percent in 2010, 26 percent in 2012, 26 percent in 2014, and 26 percent in 2016. And in last month’s midterms, white evangelicals made up, you guessed it, 26 percent of the electorate, according to the exit polls

Read the rest here.

As I have been saying over and over again on the Believe Me book tour, Jerry Falwell Sr. may be the most important political figure in post-World War II America because he taught millions of white conservative evangelicals how to execute a particular political playbook and they have been executing it faithfully for almost forty years.

 

3 thoughts on “White Evangelicals: An Unmovable Political Force

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong; really, please do. When I was in Washington DC at the first big Moral Majority shindig, it was all about character, the sanctity of life and all those other Christian values. Nowadays is seems to be more about power whereas those other values and concerns are subordinate.

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  2. John: do you believe that African Americans — who vote for Democrats even more monolithically than do white Evangelicals for Republicans — have been taught and faithfully obeyed, over the past 4 decades, how to execute a particular political playbook?

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    • Great point, Tony!
      It reminds me of how silly people like Hillary, All Gore, and certain other white DEM politicians look when they speak in African American churches using poorly delivered black verbiage. Not only is it laughable from a theatrical point, but it’s also unintentionally condescending. I often wonder how many blacks are insulted by these amateurish performances.

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