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Franklin Graham wrongly implies that Obama won because turnout of Christian voters was down

The Rev. Franklin Graham’s status as a bigoted Obamaphobe was well-established earlier this year when he said that the president, despite his credentials as a practicing Christian, might secretly be a Muslim (see HERE).

And now Graham is implying that Obama won re-election this month mainly because not enough Christian voters turned out.

Actually, however, the turnout of Christian voters was at least as strong as it’s been in recent presidential elections, as we see HERE:

In fact, white evangelicals/born-again Christians made up the same percentage of the electorate as they did in 2008 – 26%. They voted for Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon, by a wider margin than they did for Sen. John McCain four years ago.

And, they made up a larger share of the electorate in 2012 than in 2004, when the Christian Right supposedly fueled George W. Bush’s reelection. They also voted for Romney with the exact same margin as for Bush in 2004, 78%-21%.

Not to mention, Obama won the 48 percent of the electorate that was Christian and not Protestant or Mormon — 50%-48% among Catholics (25% of the electorate) and 50%-49% of “Other Christians” (23% of the electorate).

In Ohio, they were 1 point more of the electorate than 2008; in Colorado, 4 points higher; in Iowa, up 7 points; in Nevada, up 2 points…

They did decline as a share of the electorate in North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. But the drops in states like North Carolina (Graham’s home state) and Virginia likely have less to do with apathy and more to do with demographic changes – transplants in North Carolina’s Research Triangle and growth in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Northern Virginia, for example.

The fact is, Virginia and North Carolina are looking less and less like the Old South and more and more like Mid-Atlantic states…

Are there Christian evangelicals who did not vote? Certainly. But that’s true every year and of every demographic group.

Evangelicals make up 26 percent of adults in the country, according to a major 2008 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey. They matched that this election.

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8 Comments

  1. shawnnews

    He’s just mad that Rick Warren gets to do inaugural prayers over him.

  2. Hope he gets an audit letter from the IRS.

  3. Franklin has had it in for Obama for a long time. I think he and the BGEA are a very white conservative male organisation and that he resents the fact that he isn’t given as much attentiomn as his father was. I’m appalled at his links to Glenn Beck, Donald Trump, the birthers etc and his anti islam rhetoric.

  4. Ben Rubendall

    Well, if Obama is a secret Muslim until proven otherwisse to Graham’s satisfaction, then Graham is a secret Satanist until proven otherwise to my satisfaction. There is definite proof of two things, Billy’s cookies are starting to crumble and Franklin didn’t inherit his father’s brains or common sense. The old man in his good years stayed non-political. His idiot son should follow that lead.

  5. Don Defoe

    Funny….it’s pretty well documented that the Republican base failed to show up at the polls in numbers similar to those in 2008 for example. And, assuming evangelicals consititue a perccentage of those voters….they very well might have cost Romney the election. But, it seems your real purpose is to slander Franklin Graham and his views! Yours is a closed mind!

  6. Don Defoe: It’s pretty well documented in my post that Franklin Graham is wrong about the turnout of Christian voters.

    And as for closed minds, how about Graham’s implication that Obama is a Muslim.

    Get real, Don.

  7. Pat, come on…your choice of documentation in the post was chosen to support your negative
    narrative about Franklin Graham. There’s other evidence to support the thought that the evangelical turnout was expected to be higher this year. Graham was simply saying that if it had been…perhaps the result of the election would have been different. He’s entitled to his view…just as you are. No need to apply the lite smear….a typical liberal tactic!

  8. Brian Opsahl

    I would beleive that the low turnout was from Romney being a Mormon and most of your Religious folks are not very comfortable with Mormons, I heard some of the Iowa ministers who pretty much said if it was Romney they would sit this one out and I think they followed through on that.

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