by Steven Ertelt
August 20, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by a leading web site for evangelical Christians finds a significant number of pro-life advocates would support a Democratic presidential candidate who opposes abortion. However, the 2008 elections won’t likely give voters that option as all of the leading Democrats strongly back abortion.
The Christian web portal ChristiaNet.com conducted a survey of 900 of its members, virtually all of whom are pro-life Christians.
Asked "Would you elect a Pro-Life Democrat for president?" the poll showed 43% said they would vote for a Democrat willing to support legal protection for unborn children.
Bill Cooper, the president of the web site, said the Democratic Party would gain a significant number of new voters if it would select an authentic pro-life candidate to run for president.
"If the Democratic Party wants to appeal to moral values, they should start with a pro-life stance," he told LifeNews.com in a statement.
The survey found 30 percent of those polled would definitely not vote for a pro-life Democrat because of the party’s stance on other moral and religious issues that is out of line with their own.
"It is not just about the pro-life issue, but the many other issues that the Democrats stand for," one ChristiaNet.com member said.
Another member said any Democrat elected to occupy the White House would be under significant pressure from the party and leading pro-abortion activist groups to capitulate and promote abortion.
Another 27 percent of those polled were unsure and one member seemed to sum up the attitude of this final group of pro-life advocates.
"I’d be suspicious of election-time rhetoric from an otherwise liberal party," the Christian voter said.
Overall, Cooper said the majority of those polled care more about a candidate’s stands on key issues like abortion than the party label.
"It seems from the majority of comments that initially a candidate’s stance on issues affecting the Christian community is much more important than party affiliation," he concluded.
"But in the end, party affiliation is the deciding factor because after Election Day it is the agenda of the political party rather than the issues of the Presidential candidate," Cooper added.