“Born again” voters favor Clinton and Obama over all the Republicans.
That’s the word from the Barna Group, an evangelical polling operation.
According to Barna:
If the election were held today, and all of the remaining candidates from both parties were on the ballot, the frontrunners among born again voters would be Hillary Clinton (favored by 20% of born again likely voters), Barack Obama (18%) and Mike Huckabee (12%). No other candidate reached double figures. Thirty percent of the born again likely voters said they were still undecided as to who they would choose.
Last time around, “born again” voters preferred Bush to Kerry by a 62% to 38% margin.
Barna defines “born again Christians” as “people who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.”
Given the large percentage of undecided voters, it is possible that the Republican candidate might eventually win a majority of the born again vote. However, it will not be easy to win them over. Several factors are operating against the RepublicanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prospects in this election, related to both social issues and the personal integrity of several of the candidates.