Mormon leaders are unlikely to be involved in the campaign of their fellow believer U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared to the activist role they played in fighting a gay marriage initiative, according to political scientist David Campbell.
USA: race for Democratic candidacy shows new religious side to Party
The battle between Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama to be the presidential candidate for the U.S. Democratic Party has revealed the way in which religion has become an integral part of the campaigns.
Richard Cimino is the founder and editor of Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion. Since January 2008, Religion Watch is published by Religioscope Institute. Website: www.religionwatch.com.
Iraq: electoral choices vary in Shia areas
Voters in the south may be solidly behind the election, but support for the main Shia-led faction is not monolithic. Before the election, analysts predicted that Shia voters would largely back the United Iraqi Alliance. But on the day, Shia voters expressed a variety of opinions.
This article was first published on 30 January 2005 (ICR No. 106) by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), London. Posted on Religioscope with permission.
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United States: religion was key determinant in presidential race
Religion was the key determinant of voting in the 2004 presidential race, according to an exit poll conducted by the Associated Press news agency. Most notably fundamentalist and conservative viewpoints ranked private morality more important for voters than Iraq, the war on terrorism, or the economy.
The exit poll was conducted for AP and the US networks by Edison Media Research/Mitofsky International during the voting on 2 November. The sample size was 13,531 and the margin of error is +/-1%
© 2004 Ekklesia. Posted on Religioscope with permission. An initiative of the Anvil Trust, Ekklesia is a not-for-profit think-tank which works to promote theological ideas in the public square. Website: www.ekklesia.co.uk
Russia: religion looms as electoral factor
Nine months before Russia’s parliamentary elections, there are already signs that some political figures will seek to use religious leaders and institutions to help boost their popularity, reports Geraldine Fagan from Moscow.
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Turkey: moderate Islamic party’s victory in polls looks inevitable
Six days ago, Turkey’s chief election body barred the country’s most popular politician and three other candidates from standing in November’s early legislative polls. Liberals in Turkey fear the move could create additional obstacles to Ankara’s membership bid into the European Union. But, more significantly, it may miss its intended aim and boost the chances […]
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