Missouri's evangelicals stereotyped

February 19, 2008

The Columbia Tribune ran my latest column today. It is entitled "Missouri's evangelicals stereotyped" and deals with the fact that the media only asks Republican voters in exit polls if they are evangelicals. This continues despite evidence proving that evangelicals cannot be accurately depicted as only voting for Republicans. As I point out in the column, a recent survey commissioned by Faith in Public Life found that one-third of white evangelicals in Missouri voted for a Democratic candidate, making white evangelicals nineteen percent of the Democratic vote. Such a significant group should not be ignored. In the piece I consider the implications of such stereotyping and urge the media and others to stop inaccurately stereotyping evangelicals.