Politics Could be Dividing Religious Groups

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Research shows the violence may be pushing voters to find a different candidate to support instead of the Republican front-runner.

Several different studies done by Barna Group, a research organization digging into different topics and faith, show the Christian faith is split when it comes to who it wants in the White House in November.  

The remaining candidates are trying to gain the trust of different parts of society including the faith-based community. 

Research put together by Barna Group says the most dedicated Christians typically lean towards Senator Ted Cruz while casual church-goers seem to support Donald Trump.

“I think that Cruz is lining up with our values more than the other candidates.”

Faith community leader and Cruz supporter Calvin Morrow believe religion plays a role in who is in the White House.

“For instance, you take the abortion issue. Trump has been a devoted contributor to abortion rights, Cruz has not,” said Morrow.

However, Donald Trump said he is Christian and is getting votes from other Christians.

“There are evangelicals out there who consider themselves very committed, religious people who will support somebody who doesn’t exactly match up.”

KOLR10’s Political Analyst Dr. Brian Calfano said religion is just one issue voters are considering before voting.

“Like every other voter out there, you have a long list of concerns and a lot of those may be economic, you may be interested in national security concerns, you may be worried about terroristic threats. All of these things come together,” said Calfano.

Other data shows Trump is the preferred candidate in Catholics, Protestants and born-again Evangelicals.

“Just a few months ago, nobody could believe that Donald Trump would have any kind of influence among evangelical circles but he has been able to do that.”

Morrow feels the rhetoric surrounding Trump will push diehard Christians away.

“If Cruz does not get the nomination, I think that there will be some that will abandon Trump and the whole process,” said Morrow.

Bit if Trump gets the nod, Calfano said most evangelicals are going to vote for the candidate who gives Republicans the best chance to make it to Washington.

“These evangelicals want to have republican control of the White House and Congress,” said Calfano.

In last week’s primary in Missouri, unofficial results show Trump beat Cruz statewide but in southwest Missouri and Greene County, Cruz defeated Trump by a large margin. 

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