America's Decline in Moral Standards is showing in the Polls for the 2008 Election

Moral Issues were Important to American Voters during the 2004 Election

During the 2004 Election "moral issues" ranked first among reasons for voting and they outdistanced taxes, the economy, Iraq, terrorism, education, or health care?

Numerous indicators affirm that the election results were directly affected by voters' views on basic Biblical issues. Before examining some of those significant indicators, consider the overall demographics of the election.

General 2004 Voter Demographics

118 million votes were cast in the election, up nearly 12% from the 105 million cast in 2000.

Evangelical Voters: 23% (27.1 million) of all votes cast were by evangelicals. Bush received 78% (21.2 million) of those evangelical votes, representing an amazing 35% of his total of 60.5 million votes. (In 2000, evangelicals cast 15 million votes (15% of the total) and Bush received 71 percent of those votes, representing 21 percent of his 50.5 million total votes.)

Undoubtedly, one of the reasons that moral issues ranked so high in that year's election was the 80% increase in the number of evangelical voters from the 2000 election. (In 2000, 15 million evangelicals voted; in 2004, nearly 12 million more evangelicals voted - a total of 27.1 million). This surge was one of the factors in reelecting Bush and in increasing Republican gains in both the U. S. House and Senate.

The Moral Standards of American Voters have Declined. Moral Issues are no longer Important in the 2008 Presidential Election

In the Community Caucus Poll for the 2008 Elections conducted by BeliefNet, a Christian organization, here is a summary of all the results so far (May 2008).

  1. John McCain is the candidate more Republicans believe in and vote for - 37 percent.
  2. Barack Obama is the candidate more Democrats believe in and vote for - 54 percent.
  3. Barack Obama is the candidate more Independents believe in and would vote for- 25 percent.
  4. Most important issues of the election are the Economy (29 percent) and the Iraq War (24 percent). Health Care received (12 percent).
  5. More than half the people polled said the religion significantly shapes their political views (51 percent).
  6. Half of those polled said that no one party better represents religious people (50 percent), but 33 percent thought Republicans better defended religious voters.
  7. 38 percent of those polled thought that a candidate's character and stance on issues cannot be judged separately. They are in fact interconnected.
  8. 57 percent think that a candidate's faith has become too big an issue this election.
  9. It is important to 40 percent of those polled that a candidate be religious, though not necessarily important that they follow one religion in particular. Only 5 percent said that it was important to them that a candidate not be religious.
  10. 47 percent of those polled said they do not pray for the candidates, while 39 percent said they pray for all of them.
  11. 41 percent of those polled said that Jesus would not vote in the election. But among those who felt He would vote, 16 percent thought He would cast his ballot for Barack Obama. 9 percent said He would vote for Mike Huckabee. And 19 percent had no idea who He would vote for.
  12. The most important qualities of a president according to poll takers are leadership (31 percent) and honesty (24 percent).
  13. 39 percent of those polled said they would like to see former Vice President Al Gore enter the presidential race. 26 percent voted for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as the candidate they'd most like to see enter, while 17 percent favored comedian Stephen Colbert.
  14. Asked if if they were hopeful about America's future, considering those running to lead the country, 60 percent of poll takers said YES. The rest said NO.
  15. Most people said that family dynamics matter but not a lot when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate (45 percent).
  16. When discussing moral values of the candidates, most of those polled (44 percent) said they believe that includes the candidate's stance on everything from abortion and gay unions to war and poverty as well as his or her personal character and beliefs. 37 percent thought that moral values meant strictly character and values.
  17. Most of those polled said they would vote for a candidate who believed in creationism over evolution (54 percent).
  18. 43 percent of those polled said they oppose the war in Iraq on moral grounds, while 5 percent said that while it is a moral issue, they were ambivalent about the war.
  19. An overwhelming majority of those polled (79 percent) do not believe that ending abortion is the key moral issue of domestic policy.
  20. By far (44 percent), more said that Barack Obama is the candidate most likely to bring about change.
  21. 36 percent of those polled said they would most like to attend Barack Obama's church, while 19 percent were interested in going to Mike Huckabee's. Only 6 percent were interested in attending John McCain's church.
  22. 45 percent of those polled think God would most disapprove of the role money plays in politics. Only 8 percent voted that the almighty would consider the election sinful.

Senator John McCain (Republican) and Senator Barack Obama (Democrat) will most likely be in the General Election in November, 2008

If the General Elections were to be held Today (May 21, 2008) Barack Obama will become the President of the United States

Barack Obama's meteoric rise from a little known Illinois senator just two years ago in 2006 to the national and world stage is nothing short of phenomenal. If the General Elections were to be held today (May 21, 2008) Senator Barack Obama would become the forty fourth (44th) president of the United States of America.

In spite of Senator Hillary Clinton's overwhelming margin of victory in the Kentucky Primary Election (65% - 30%), according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday (today) Senator Barack Obama still has expanded his lead over Clinton in the Democratic race to 26 percentage points, doubling his advantage from mid-April. According to the same poll Obama, who was tied with McCain in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup last month, moved to a 48 percent to 40 percent lead over the Arizona senator in May 2008.

The poll found Obama was seen as a better steward of the economy than McCain, leading 48 percent to 39 percent. McCain led Obama by 3 points last month on an issue that is certain to be crucial in their campaign.

Obama led McCain among independents, 47 percent to 35 percent, and led among some groups of voters who have backed Clinton during their Democratic primary battle, including Catholics, Jews, union households and voters making less than $35,000 a year.

McCain led among whites, NASCAR fans, and elderly voters. McCain led with voters who believed the United States was on the right track, and Obama led with the much higher percentage of voters who believed it was on the wrong track.

"Clearly voters are looking for change. Every problem Obama has had in consolidating his base and reaching to the center, John McCain has the same sort of problem," Zogby said.

"It's McCain's lead among voters over the age of 65 that is keeping him within shouting distance of Obama," he said.

Barack Obama is within reach of securing the Democrat Presidential Nomination

As of today Senator Barack Obama has not yet secured the Democratic presidential nomination to run against McCain in November.

"Obama has been very resilient, bouncing back from rough periods and doing very well with independent voters," pollster John Zogby said. "The race with McCain is going to be very competitive."

The poll was taken Thursday through Sunday during a period when Obama came under attack from President George W. Bush and McCain for his promise to talk to hostile foreign leaders without preconditions.

Obama's gains followed a month in which he was plagued with a series of campaign controversies and suffered two big losses to Clinton in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The poll was conducted after Obama denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who made a series of public appearances that rekindled a controversy over his inflammatory comments on race and religion.

Obama also survived a furor over his comments about "bitter" small-town residents who cling to guns and religion out of frustration over their economic concerns.

Obama edged closer to clinching the Democratic nomination on Tuesday when he split two nominating contests with Clinton, beating the New York senator in Oregon and losing in Kentucky to gain a majority of pledged delegates won in state-by-state nominating contests.

The results put him within easy range of the 2,026 delegates needed for the nomination. Just three Democratic nominating contests remain before voting concludes on June 3.

There are Skeletons in Barack Obama's Closets

Most American Voters are either Unaware or Choose to Ignore the Skeletons in Barack Obama's Closets

Here's a quick run-down of some of Barack Obama's questionable and disturbing associations:

* Rabidly anti-Israel Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. The Obamas were regular dinner guests at Khalidi's Hyde Park home for years.

* Terrorist sympathizer Ali Abunimah, who runs the viciously anti-Israel web site Electronic Intifada.

* Unrepentant Weather Underground terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

* Reverend Jeremiah Wright. What more needs to be said?

* Anti-Israel foreign policy adviser Samantha Power - fired after calling Hillary Clinton a "monster."

* Anti-Israel foreign policy adviser Robert Malley - fired when it was revealed he has been holding talks with Hamas.

* Hatem El-Hady, former official of the Hamas-linked charity Kindhearts, closed by the Justice Department. El-Hady's web page-with Michelle Obama listed as an opt-in "friend"-suddenly vanished from the Obama campaign site with no explanation, after being exposed by LGF and others.

* Tony Rezko - a Chicago fixer currently in a whole lot of legal trouble.

Due to the Decline in moral values of the American Voters all the above so-called "Skeletons" will be ignored and will have little or no effect in the outcome of the 2008 Election that favors Senator Barack Obama.

There is still a lot of time between NOW (May 2008) and November 2008, and, ANYTHING can happen during this period. Unless there is a Divine intervention causing a radical and cataclysmic change in American politics before the Polling Date of November 4, 2008, it looks like Senator Barack Obama will be sworn is as the forty fourth President of the United States of America on January 20, 2009.

PRAY FOR AMERICA

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SirDent 8 years ago

Very in depth hub. Lots of information you gathered to write this. Thanks for taking the time to do this hub and share it with the world.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Truly wonderful hub. So rich with knowledge, life experiences and wisdom. Thank you Arkwriter!

I think, that a great decline in moral standards is happening in all democracies in the world, not only in US.


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Wbisbill 8 years ago from Tennessee USA

Another great hub - my friend. And I do pray for America. I know I am in a minority but I feel Bush has gotten a raw deal.


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Sal Walker 8 years ago from Around the way

Wow, still at it i see.  You still think Obama is a Muslim and all those other lies you spew?  Might want to check out someone who is countering your racist ways: http://hubpages.com/hub/Is-Hubpages-kidding-me


William M. Fox 8 years ago

Our individual futures, as well as the future of our nation, will be strongly influenced by our understanding of the power of values for good or bad, and what we can do to nurture the right ones in ourselves and in others - in family life, in our schools, in political leadership, in the administration of justice, in domestic and international business, and in other aspects of our daily lives.In addition to thoroughly documenting the problems that have been created by a moral decline in America, my book, AMERICAN VALUES DECLINE: WHAT WE CAN DO, presents some 30, on-going, successful interventions and programs for dealing with them. It presents compelling evidence as to why certain values are more productive than others - for us as individuals, and for society as a whole. It shows how these values have made the U.S. great, and how they are compatible with the rules for productive living of most of the religions of the world. In addition, it shows how they are shaped from birth by both heredity and environment - for good or bad - and what we can do to enhance or negate these effects.About it, Cindy Penn, of THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, writes that "William Fox's extraordinary book...is a must read for every American...I found myself quickly caught up in Fox's prose as he lays out the historical and cultural ramifications of values. His examples are thought provoking ideas that quickly inspired me to consider my own situation, family and work world."Carolyn Fouts, Ph.D., LMHC, states that "This is an extrraordinary book...a trumpet call to individuals who professionally interact with clients of all ages."Larry Moore, of the FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN, asserts that "All members at all levels in the criminal justice system should read this book because it offers a very frank approach to many of the problems that American society faces today."Marc, of BOOKREVIEW CAFE, states that "Anyone who cares about our Western society should read this book,"and Dr. Clarence Boonstra, retired Career Minister, U.S. Department of State, claims this to be "A very good handbook for compassionate conservatives."AMERICAN VALUES DECLINE: WHAT WE CAN DO (a 438 page paperback - ISBN 1-59453-518-3 - published in 2005) may be obtained new or second-hand from Amazon.com, or in ebook form from Mobipocket.com for $9.William FoxProfessor Emeritus,University of Floridagryfox@bellsouth.net(352) 376-9786


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What's News 7 years ago

Great Hub. Very informative.


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stop2  7 years ago

well if the world falls who or what well take over


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Very insightful hub. I think many people are beginning to wake up in America. I worry about the state of our nation and where it's heading. I will follow your writing.

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