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Survey also Finds Majority Support for Ability of Churches to Engage in Political Speech
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today released the results of a commissioned survey conducted by WPA Opinion Research showing that nearly 60 percent of Trump voters agreed that their vote was impacted by the Republican Party platform’s “strong positions on unborn human life and religious liberty.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who served as a platform delegate from Louisiana, made the following comments in response to the survey:
“The Republican Party’s platform positions on unborn human life and religious liberty was the bridge between Donald Trump and Christian conservatives. Nearly 60 percent of Trump voters were more likely to vote for him because the platform is very clear on life and religious liberty. It was the party platform that brokered the deal between Trump and Christian conservatives – a deal that was sealed in the final debate when Trump vividly described a partial-birth abortion and pledged to appoint pro-life justices. The Republican Party platform played a key role in bringing Christian conservatives and Trump together,” concluded Perkins.
Two-thirds of surveyed voters agreed that “government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage between one man and one woman as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses.” The survey also found majority support (53% to 37%) for the ability of churches and nonprofits “to speak freely on all issues, including on behalf or in opposition to any candidate for public office.” President-elect Trump campaigned for the repeal of the Johnson amendment which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.) have introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act of 2016 (H.R. 6195) to restore the free speech rights of pastors and tax-exempt organization leaders.
The Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research survey was commissioned by Family Research Council Action. To review the results of the WPA Opinion Research survey, click here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF16K12.pdf