Faith in Public Life has been complaining that exit polls have asked only Republicans whether they're evangelical or born again. Last week, they decided to do something about it, and surveyed voters in Missouri and Tennessee to see how evangelicals were really voting.
In both states, one-third of voters who identified as evangelical or born again voted in the Democratic primaries.
"Comparatively, only one in four white evangelical voters in Missouri and Tennessee supported Senator John Kerry in the 2004 general election," the organization noted in its press release. In a press conference announcing its poll data, Faith in Public Life's panelists similarly suggested that the number reflects something new.
"The presumed lock on evangelical voters by the Republican Party is breaking down," Robert P. Jones said.
Sojourners head Jim Wallis likewise proclaimed, "The media is operating with an outdated script. … Things are changing. Evangelicals are leaving the religious right in droves."
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