Thursday, January 8

RELIGION NOT ETHNICITY EXPLAINS PROP 8 VOTE

Natonal Gay & Lesbian Taskforce - An analysis of the Proposition 8 vote shows that party affiliation, political ideology, frequency of attending worship services and age were the driving forces behind the measure's passage on Nov. 4. The study finds that after taking into account the effect of religious service attendance, support for Proposition 8 among African Americans and Latinos was not significantly different than other groups. Through a precinct-by- precinct analysis and review of multiple other sources of data, the study also puts African-American support for Proposition 8 at no more than 59 percent, nowhere close to the 70 percent reported the night of the election.

The study found that four factors - party identification, ideology, frequency of religious service attendance and age - drove the 'yes' vote for Proposition 8. For example, more than 70 percent of voters who were Republican, identified themselves as conservative, or who attended religious services at least weekly supported Proposition 8. Conversely, 70 percent or more of voters who were Democrat, identified themselves as liberal, or who rarely attended religious services opposed the measure. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of voters 65 or older supported Proposition 8, while majorities under 65 opposed it. . .

People of all races and ethnicities who worship at least once a week overwhelmingly supported Proposition 8, with support among white, Asian and Latino frequent churchgoers actually being greater than among African Americans. . . 57 percent of African Americans attend religious services at least once a week, compared to 42 percent of whites and 40 percent of Asian Americans.

1 Comments:

At 3:08 AM, Anonymous Harrison said...

Religion was the dirty word in this election when it came to Prop 8. Ironically, many of the blacks who came out in support of Obama also voted for Prop 8.

 

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