Who supports the Obama Campaign

 

Who Supports the Obama Campaign?

Richard Hollerman

With the upcoming election much on our minds, it is interesting to observe the groups of people who continue to be devoted to our current leader, President Barak Obama.  Studies do indicate that at this time he has a lead over the other major contender for the presidency. But who are the groups of people or classifications of voters who prefer him over Governor Romney?

I want to stress at this point, before we do look at these voting groups, that I am neither a Democrat nor Republican. I don’t support either of the Political candidates. By examining President Obama, I am not thereby promoting Mitt Romney.  Not at all.  I don’t know all of the policies that Romney is promoting, although I do know a little of the moral positions that he holds. And I know some of the moral (or immoral) positions that President Obama holds.  See, for example, this article on the website: “Society Continues the Downward Slide to Destruction: The Issues of Homosexuality and Abortion of the Democrats and Republicans.”

According to published reports, who supports President Obama in his bid for reelection?

First, the younger generation of voters have preferred Obama. In 2008, about 66 percent of the youth vote went to Obama rather than McCain.  The predictions are that a predominance of younger voters will continue to vote for President Obama in the coming election in November. Obama’s help with student loans will draw the young to the President and his repealing the ban on sodomites in the military also appeals to young people. 

A majority of young are pro-homosexual, a position that Obama himself holds. (A majority of young people in our day are openly sexually immoral, thus sodomy is not seen as gross perversion, a position that older Americans often hold.) This will encourage younger voters to cast their ballots for Obama.  (“Parties target Generation Y,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sept. 5, 2012).

A Gallup poll showed great contrasts between different ages.  Among those aged 18 to 29, 53% of men and 63% of women prefer Obama, while 38% of men and 36% of women prefer Romney.  Among those aged 30 to 49 aged, 46% of men and 50% of women prefer Obama, while 50% of men and 43% of women prefer Romney. By age 50 to 64, 46% of men and 48% of women prefer Obama, and 51% and 44% of women prefer Romney. Interestingly, by age 65 (and older), 36% of men and 43% of women prefer Obama, while 59% of men and 48% of women prefer Romney.  It is true that people are devoted to both contenders, but 10 or 15 percentage points of the young have a great impact in elections.

Second, a slight majority of women prefer President Obama.  An April to May 2012 poll indicated that 49% of women prefer Obama while only 42% of them prefer Romney. In contrast, 50% of men prefer Romney compared to 42% who go for Obama. (gallup.com/poll/156848/ obama-remains-women- presidential-pic- romney-men…). (See also the previous listing under the youth where gender was also mentioned.) 

A slight majority of women support a woman’s right to kill her unborn baby and this is a position that Obama holds. (Obama’s support for abortion—even to the point of killing babies partially born—is the most extreme example of his pro-abortion position.)  This view on killing children may account for part of his popularity among females.  (Regretfully, in the past probably women have been the most protective of the unborn child but this has greatly changed to the point that a majority of women have taken the feminist stand that abortion should be allowed.)

Third, those with greater education seem to slightly prefer President Obama.  The Gallup poll mentioned above found that of those with high school education or less, 40% of men and 47% of women prefer Obama, while 49% of men and 44% of women prefer Romney. Among college graduates, 39% of men and 47% of women prefer Obama, but 54% of men and 47% of women prefer Romney.  Those with postgraduate education, 46% of men and 62% of women prefer Obama, while 49% of men and 32% of women prefer Romney. 

This indicates that as the education rises, there is a slight preference for Obama. Apparently the greater the education the more liberal and humanistic people are, with more liberal values, and this makes some difference.

Fourth, the ethnic background of people has a major impact on whom they prefer for the presidency.  Among non-Hispanic whites, 34% or men and 42% of women prefer Obama, but some 58% or men and 51% of women prefer Romney. It would seem that whites are decidedly more pro-Romney than pro-Obama. When it comes to African-Americans or blacks, the gap is very wide.  Some 88% of black men and 89% of black women prefer Obama, while 6% of men and 3% of women prefer Romney.  Evidently since Obama is half black, American blacks can better identify with him and think that he will identify with them.

Quite interestingly and incongruously, a majority of blacks are opposed to sodomy and one would think that Obama’s outspoken support of homosexuality would be a negative feature, but apparently his other policies are attractive to them. (Just today in the news, certain black pastors are recommending a boycott of the election since they oppose Obama because of his pro-sodomite stance but they oppose Romney because he is a Mormon, a group that until recently forbad blacks from attaining their priesthood.) 

As for the Hispanics, 56% of men and 66% of women prefer Obama, while 31% of men and 21% of women prefer Romney.  Perhaps President Obama’s stand on healthcare appeals to the Hispanics and perhaps his view of immigration would do likewise.

Fifth, homosexuals overwhelmingly prefer Obama over Romney.  One report states, “The Democrats became the first political party in history to support same-sex marriage, which is significant. But perhaps just as significant was the absence of gay rights in the speeches at the Republican Convention—a party that in the past has used gays as a wedge issue” (“Election offers a clear choice on gay issues,” examiner.com/article/ election-offers-a-clear- choice-on-gay-issues).

The same article states: “Romney courted gay voters when he ran for the Senate in Massachusetts in 1994, saying he would be even stronger on ‘full equality’ for gays and lesbians than his opponent, Sen. Ted Kennedy. But today Romney’s support has faded. He not only opposes same-sex marriage, but he also opposes civil unions” (Ibid.). 

Obama, in contrast, has courted homosexual favor for years.  “As for President Obama, his action to end the military’s ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ policy, coupled with his decision not to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court, brought him strong LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual] support even before his endorsement of same-sex marriage. . . . The President has received the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political group” (Ibid.). 

Further, since “an overwhelming majority of young people, including self-identified Republicans, self-identified conservatives, self-identified Evangelicals, young people support the freedom to marry,” we can see that sodomy or homosexuality is an issue that favors President Obama. (quoting Evan Wolfson, in the above article).

Sixth, Jewish people have generally been pro-Obama when voting.  Although some Jews question whether Obama is as pro-Israel as they would like, they generally have backed the President and his policies.  Jews (other than Orthodox Jews) have generally been very liberal in their social values that this agrees with the Democratic platform.  In 2008 about 75 percent of the Jewish vote went for Obama, and today the percentage points would be in the 60s. (washingtonpost.com/ politics/can-romney-persuade- jewish-voters-to-abandon- obama/2012/07/30/gJQArj TULX_story.html)  With several million Jews in America, this is another source of Obama’s political voting support.

Seventh, religious pluralists probably support Obama for the presidency.  By this we mean people who are not Evangelicals. (We assume that pollsters would include true Christians among those identified as Evangelicals.) Polls indicate that about 68 percent of white Evangelicals prefer Romney, whereas only 19 percent prefer Obama. (christianpost.com/news/poll- white-evangelicals-who-say- mormons-not-christian- strongly-back-romney-74727/).  A large number of Evangelicals are concerned that Romney is Mormon, traditionally seen as an unchristian cult, but many of these are willing to bend their convictions to the point of voting for Romney, perhaps because of their strong opposition to Obama. (An Evangelical is one who typically is more interested in Christ being the way of salvation and the Bible is the Word of God.)

America of the twenty-first century has become pluralistic. As compared to the time when the country was founded, when most could identify themselves as “Protestant Christians,” today there are a wide variety of different religions represented among the citizenship.  There are tens of millions of Catholics, a growing number of Muslims, many Hindus and Buddhists, several million Jewish people, a large number of cultists, and many millions of New Age proponents.  Many of these are uncomfortable with the kind of conservative values promoted by the Republican position (however, even though Catholics have traditionally been Democrats and Hispanic Catholics seem to prefer Obama, some traditional Catholics do appreciate the Republican opposition to abortion and homosexuality).

Eighth, atheists support Obama for the presidency.  Apparently President Obama’s liberal religious views and his criticism of the Bible have appealed to those who oppose a belief in God.  Thus, atheists and probably agnostics prefer a president with skepticism of organized religion. (politics.gather.com/ viewArticle.action?articleId =281474981621354).  Apparently Obama’s religious beliefs or lack of belief go back to his childhood:

Barack Obama’s religious background is more diverse than that of most prominent politicians, but it may prove to be representative of future generations of Americans who grow up in an increasingly diverse America. His mother was raised by non-practicing Christians; his father was raised a Muslim but was an atheist by the time he had married Obama’s mother. Obama’s step-father was also Muslim, but of an eclectic kind who could make room for animist and Hindu beliefs. Neither Obama nor his mother were ever atheists, but she raised him in a relatively secular household where he learned about religion. (atheism.about.com/ od/barackobama religionfaith/a/Obama Religion.htm)

These are some of the special groups and classifications of people who evidently support President Obama’s campaign to be reelected for a second term.  With the support of a majority of young people, women, educated, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, religious pluralists, atheists and agnostics, and sodomites or homosexuals, we can see that the President may indeed continue in the presidency of the United States.  Other groups also support his policies and beliefs and this could “push him over the top” in November.

How should the Christian view these surveys and polls?  The believer in Christ does have an advantage inasmuch as he is better able to see things objectively and apart from the heat of political rhetoric.  In other words, if the Bible teaches something, then the Christian is willing to take this as the last word regardless of who may speak it.  If the Word of God teaches that abortion is the murder of defenseless pre-born babies, then the Christian is willing to take this as God’s view of the matter—regardless of what a Republican or Democrat may believe or promote (cf. Romans 1:29, 32).

Additionally, if the Bible teaches that no sodomite or homosexual has a place in God’s kingdom but rather will suffer endless punishment in hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:5-6; Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8), then the Christian is able to judge political parties on this matter regardless of who holds to such values or doesn’t hold to them.  Therefore, regardless of what groups may support Obama or support Romney, the Christian stands aloof and can make an independent judgment of what is right or wrong, depending on whether or not God has spoken.

If you are a follower of Jesus, the very Son of God, be willing to view the coming election objectively, by the Word of the living God.  Don’t be swayed by public opinion or personal tastes.  Don’t be influenced by what your family or friends or fellow-workers may believe. Distance yourself from any unscriptural views and advice. Let’s take the Word of God as our standard and view both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as well as the Democrats and Republicans in the light of God.


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