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United Evangelicals Stand

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / ISSUE 61 / POLITICS December 15, 2012

You know all the lines about how politically divided Christians are these days and the brewing civil war between Republican Christians and Democratic Christians and all that? Well, the statistics surrounding the 2012 presidential election prove the exact opposite. In fact, born-again Christians were more unified than ever this last election cycle, with four Republican votes being cast by evangelicals for every one Democratic vote.

Governor Mitt Romney’s share of the evangelical vote was bigger than any presidential candidate before him, with 80 percent of evangelicals casting their ballot his way. Romney even pulled in more of the evangelical vote than the Mormon vote, in stark contrast to pundit predictions in 2011.

Contrary to popular belief, the trend of evangelicals voting Republican is a relatively new pheonomenon. In 1982, evangelical voters were as split as the rest of the country, with the shift toward political homogeneity growing steadily ever since.