How America Decides

A TIME poll shows that Evangelicals are sticking with McCain. But they're not excited about it

Since 1988, white Evangelicals have been the second most reliable bloc in the Republican base, after Mormons. So it's no surprise that most are once again lining up behind this year's GOP presidential nominee. A new TIME poll of white Evangelical voters finds that 70% support John McCain. Large pluralities also prefer him over Barack Obama when it comes to fixing the economy and restoring America's image in the world. For a man who has had a sometimes prickly relationship with religious conservatives, these numbers have to be good news.

But while McCain maintains an insurmountable advantage among white Evangelicals, there...

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