Survey Examines Religious Underpinnings of Voting Patterns in the 2000 Presidential Election

March 1, 2001

Source: The Public Perspective

The March/April 2001 issue of The Public Perspective published an article reporting on the results of "a just completed national survey, conducted at the University of Akron as part of a larger project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center," that investigated the voting patterns of the faithful in the 2000 presidential election. The survey found that about three-fourths of those who voted for Bush were "observant white Christians, led by evangelical Protestants, and...less observant white Protestants." Three-fourths of those who voted for Gore were from "minority faiths, especially black Protestants, plus secular voters and less observant white Christians." The article said the survey revealed "the unusual prominence of religion in the campaign."