Christian voter turnout for midterms looks gloomy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Steve Jordahl (

church in AmericaChristians are being urged not to squander the opportunity they have in November to again have a big say in who occupies seats in Congress come 2019.

According to pollster George Barna, three segments of Christian voters went for Trump in November 2016 by substantial margins. Two segments in particular – SAGE Cons and "notional" Christians – "went in very significant fashion for Donald Trump – and that's what put him over," Barna noted.

With the 2018 midterms right around the corner, control of Congress – and perhaps the future of the Trump presidency – is at stake. Once again, Christians could play a pivotal role ... if they show up.

In the 2016 elections, just under 60 percent of those eligible to vote for the next president actually did. Jason Yates of MyFaithVotes, who did the math using voting models and recent research, predicts turnout for the midterms will be down considerably from the record 139 million 15 months ago.

"It found that roughly 40 million people who voted in the 2016 presidential election will not cast ballots in 2018 midterm elections," he tells OneNewsNow.

And that's despite the fact that the economy is booming and President Trump has kept every promise he made to the evangelicals who helped put him into office.

two voters marking ballots"The voting habits of Christians are not all that different, unfortunately, to the general public," Yates explains. "And when we applied that to statistics we were already working with in terms of how many Christians voted, the number came out to be about 51 million Christians who will opt out in 2018."

Several factors – such as a liberal media constantly at war with Trump, Democrats in Congress talking of impeachment, and politically motivated investigations – have control of Congress in play in the upcoming midterms. If Republicans lose either chamber, Democrats are expected to try everything they can to get President Trump thrown out of office.

Yates says it's imperative that Christians come out to the polls – and he's offering help.

"We've got something called a personal voting assistant that enables us to remind … Christians about every voting opportunity that they have," he says. "[It's] not just to remind them but to help them get registered and to help them be informed about where their polling place is, how to vote from an absentee perspective."

With such a resource so easily available, Yates adds "there's really no excuse" not to get out and vote.

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