Mark Tooley of the Weekly Standard says, “Although not widely noticed, Mitt Romney seems to be on his way to capturing as much of the white evangelical vote as George W. Bush famously did in 2004. Bush got 79 percent. A Pew poll conducted before the first presidential debate had Romney getting 74 percent of white evangelicals versus 19 percent for Obama”.
Young white evangelicals have shifted from President Obama in 2008 to Governor Romney, according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. In 2008, Obama received 33% of the young white evangelical vote. The current poll shows that in the current election 80% of the same demographic chooses Romney.
It is no secret that most people did not expect Romney to receive full evangelical support. However, the Obama platform favoring same-sex marriage, indirect abortion funding through Obamacare, and the HHS mandate compelling religious groups to offer contraceptive coverage have alienated evangelicals.
In one of the most newsworthy evangelical endorsements, Reverend Billy Graham issued a statement this week. “It was an honor to meet and host Gov. Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Gov. George Romney, whom I considered a friend… I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States.”
“What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney’s successful career are his values and strong moral convictions,” Graham continued. “I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed a reference to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after Graham met with Romney. The association also took out an ad in the Wall Street Journal stating, “The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial,” he succinctly declares. “As I approach my 94th birthday I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and who support the nation of Israel. I urge you to support candidates who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America remains one nation under God.”
According to Tooley, President Obama visited Graham in April, the twelfth American president to do so.