Poll: Young Evangelicals Oppose Abortion, Support McCain Like Older Voters
by Steven Ertelt
October 3, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of young adult evangelicals find they are just as strongly against abortion as older evangelical voters. The survey also finds they support Senator John McCain for president by slightly lower margins over pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted the poll for the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
The poll found 49 percent of young adult evangelicals (18-29) say abortion should be illegal in most cases while another 25 percent said it should be illegal in all cases.
That 74 percent compared with just 26 percent who say it should be legal in all cases (with 8 percent taking Obama’s position) or legal in most cases (18 percent).
The survey found about 25 percent of the older evangelical voters took one of the two pro-abortion positions while 71 percent took one of the two pro-life positions.
The survey found younger evangelicals were slightly less likely to support McCain for president.
Older evangelical voters back McCain over Obama by a 73 to 22 percentage point margin, but it slipped slightly to 62-30 percent with the 18-29 year-old evangelical voters.
Previous surveys found evangelical voters strongly pro-life and supporting McCain.
John Green of the University of Akron conducted a study last month showing evangelicals favor McCain over Obama 57.2 percent to 19.9 percent. That’s similar to the 60.4% to 19.6% edge President Bush had over John Kerry at the same point four years ago.
Green said 20 percent of evangelicals say social issues like abortion are most important and that most of those voters are in McCain’s corner.
The numbers would likely be higher for McCain, but the survey was conducted prior to him selecting pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin has energized pro-life voters and the evangelical and Catholic communities behind his campaign.
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