Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Values-Vote Myth AKA: The Rage of the Drowning Man. David Brooks with a great piece on the election. The Left has latched onto the "the right-wing Christians voted in a block. We can't compete with that" meme. It's like the guy who couldn't get a girl to go home with him from the bar. The only reason could have been because she was a lesbian. That's it! It wasn't that I had nothing to offer. She's a DYKE!

In past years, the story line has involved Angry White Males, or Willie Horton-bashing racists. This year, the official story is that throngs of homophobic, Red America values-voters surged to the polls to put George Bush over the top.

This theory certainly flatters liberals, and it is certainly wrong.

Here are the facts. As Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center points out, there was no disproportionate surge in the evangelical vote this year. Evangelicals made up the same share of the electorate this year as they did in 2000. There was no increase in the percentage of voters who are pro-life. Sixteen percent of voters said abortions should be illegal in all circumstances. There was no increase in the percentage of voters who say they pray daily.

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