Churchgoers Shift towards Conservatives Driven by Moral Issues like Gay “Marriage”

By Terry Vanderheyden

OTTAWA, March 7, 2006 ( – Conservative Party popularity among churchgoers, and especially among Protestants, increased significantly this past federal election – driven largely by moral issues such as same-sex “marriage.”

Protestant churchgoers were 25% more likely to vote Conservative as compared to previous elections, according to an Ipsos-Reid Poll. And among churchgoing Catholics in Quebec, votes for the Liberal party were cut roughly in half compared to 2004.

“For the first time in the history of polling, Catholics who are regular churchgoers shifted away from the lending the largest measure of their support to the Liberals (42 percent voted Conservative, 40 percent Liberal),” as reported by Faith Today. Those who attend Catholic Church services more than once weekly were even more likely to vote for Stephen Harper. Ipsos-Reid identified moral issues like same-sex “marriage” as a key issue, with corruption in the Liberal party as a secondary concern.

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