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Most US churchgoers hear political messages, but not endorsements

August 08, 2016

Most American churchgoers are hearing messages on political topics-- most frequently, homosexuality and religious freedom-- but few are hearing political endorsements during this campaign year, according to a Pew Forum study.

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The survey found that only 14% of those attending church services heard an explicit endorsement of a presidential candidate. Black Protestant churches were most likely to endose a candidate: in the vast majority of cases, Hillary Clinton.

Most churches strongly encourged their members to vote, without giving partisan advice. 


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  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 09, 2016 4:54 PM ET USA

    Catholics in our area of Virginia hear only "remember to vote" because the Church is silent on the issues. I don't know if it is diocesan policy or just plain fear, but controversial issues, like elections, are never mentioned from the pulpit. We get only homilies on bible readings.