Polling Data Shows Religion Not a Major Factor in Upcoming Presidential Elections

June 21, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

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On June 21, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the religion of neither Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew, nor President Bush, a born-again Protestant, will have much effect on voters in the 2004 election, according to a nationwide poll by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut... Most respondents, 85%, said Lieberman's religion would make no difference in voting decisions in his run for the White House. Six percent said Lieberman's religion would make support more likely, and 6% said less likely. For Bush the comparable figures were 69%, 18% and 11%... Forty-three percent of those polled said they would like religious and spiritual values to have greater influence in politics and public life, as opposed to 22% favoring less influence."