While many regular churchgoers say they have been encouraged to vote by their clergy, relatively few say church leaders are discussing the candidates directly or favoring one candidate over the other. Black Protestants are far more likely than white Protestants or Catholics to say they are hearing about the candidates and the importance of voting, and the messages they are hearing overwhelmingly favor Barack Obama.
Among those who attend religious services at least once or twice a month, about half (52%) say their clergy have spoken out about the importance of voting over the past few months. Just one-in-five (19%) say their clergy have spoken about the candidates themselves, according to the survey, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
A new Pew poll of voters finds pastors at black pastors are apparently, once again, stumping for pro-abortion President Barack Obama when talking about the upcoming election during their sermons.
A Pew poll out today shows 45 percent of regular attendees at black churches say their pastor are talking about the election in a manner that is favorable to Obama, while not one African-American surveyed indicated discussion of the elections was favorable for Romney.