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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND RELIGION:
Year 2000 election

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The next president and vice president of the U.S. will probably be either a Democrat or a Republican. Minor parties (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform) have all fielded candidates, but each will probably only receive a few percent of the votes. Votes for the minor parties will sway total votes to and away from the main parties. However, their chance of gaining power in 2000 is miniscule.   

Listed below are Bush's and Gore's support on a number of religiously-related matters. The table is derived from:

bullet A chart by the People for the American Way, who prepared the data from "publicly available information such as campaign materials, speeches, news articles and voting records." 1
bullet A list by AREN Inc, Alternative Religions Educational Network. 3
Individual: George Bush Al Gore
Party Republican Democrat
Current abortion access Opposed Favor
   Parental notification for minors Strongly favor Strongly oppose
   Banning late-term abortions Strongly favor Somewhat oppose
   Current affirmative action Opposed Favor
Stem cell research * Opposed Favor
Law banning employment discrimination against gays Opposed Favor
Including gays in hate crime laws Opposed Favor
Banning the Ten Commandments in public buildings Opposed Favor
   Organized prayer in public schools Strongly favor Somewhat oppose
Increased gun control Opposed Favor
   Trigger lock requirement Strongly oppose Strongly favor
   Extend waiting period at gun shows Strongly oppose Strongly favor
   Require safety course Strongly oppose Strongly favor
   Require photo license Strongly oppose Strongly favor
Model supreme court appointees  after: Conservative justices: Scalia & Thomas Liberal justice: T. Marshall
School vouchers Strongly favor Strongly oppose
Death penalty Strongly favor Strongly favor
Constitutional amendment to criminalize flag burning Strongly favor Strongly oppose
Foreign economic aid Strongly oppose Strongly favor
Flat income tax Somewhat favor Strongly oppose
   Reduce capital gains tax Strongly favor Somewhat favor
   Tax credits for stay-at-home parents Strongly favor Strongly favor
Public financing of political campaigns Strongly oppose Somewhat favor
   Ban soft money contributions Somewhat favor Strongly favor

* Stem cell research involves the extraction of special cells from discarded human embryos. They may eventually have the potential to cure Parkinson's, ALS, spinal cord injury, Huntington's, Alzheimer's and other devastating diseases. 4

The two leading political parties provide American voters with a clear choice on moral and religious issues, except on the death penalty and tax credits for stay-at-home parents. 

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Is there a "religious" vote?

According to ReligionToday news summary for 2000-FEB-21: 

"Born-again" voters still may play a key role in the November election, pollster George Barna says. "Many vestiges of the political unity and power of the born-again Christian population are gone," Barna said in a Feb. 17 report. "The Moral Majority has been disbanded. The Christian Coalition has shifted gears and leaders. Pat Robertson has sold his television network. Yet, the born-again constituency may emerge as a key voting bloc in the November presidential election." 2

...There are just as many born-gain Democrats as Republicans registered to vote, Barna found in a nationwide survey. Other findings: Born-again Christians are more likely to be registered to vote, and they would back Republican George W. Bush (56%) to over Democrat Al Gore (30%). In an election against Gore, Bush would reap 55% of his votes from the born-again constituency, Barna said.

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Associated essay:

bullet Religion and the U.S. presidential primaries in the year 2000

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Reference:

  1. "Presidential chart on selected civil rights and constitutional issues," People for the American Way, at: http://www.pfaw.org/issues/right/candidatechart-onepage.pdf You need an Adobe Acrobat Reader attached to your browser to read PDF files. One can be obtained free from: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html 
  2. ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can subscribe at: http://www.ReligionToday.com. These summaries are part of GOSHEN.net
  3. "Presidential Candidates," AREN at: http://www.aren.org/candidates.html
  4. M.J. Fox, "A crucial election for medical research," New York Times, at: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/01/opinion/  

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Copyright 2000
Originally written: 2000-FEB-17
Latest update: 2000-NOV-3
Author: B.A. Robinson

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