Evangelical voters, which accounts for 14% of all American voters and comprise
the core of the values voters,
are critical to winning elections: George W. Bush won in 2000 and 2004 by keeping evangelical voters
united, while Barack Obama and
Bill Clinton won in 2008 and 1992 & 1996, respectively, by splitting and
siphoning away some of the evangelical voters.
What makes the evangelical voters so crucial to winning the White House is that
besides influencing the non-evangelical voters within the
conservative vote, evangelical voters can be counted on to show up at the polls, rain
snow. In the 2008 Iowa primary, for example, the evangelical voters comprised only 12% of the state's voters but
60% of the Republican votes cast.
How will the evangelical voters influence and be
influenced in 2012? Will it end up split or unite behind a
Christian candidate? The answer depends
to a large extent on the quality of the
2012 presidential candidates. After initially looking promising, the field
looks stronger in quantity than in quality.
An even more fundamental question is what issues should unite the evangelical voters
Is it the pro-life issues of banning abortion
and stem cell research, as well as
homosexual "marriage", or should the focus be broadened to include
economy, poverty, etc.?
The rest of the Christian voter guide addresses these and other
as well as the Presidential candidates from the perspective of the "Evangile", a French
that means "Gospel" and which dates back to the early years of the Reformation.