WASHINGTON — The Republican advantage among white working class voters increased 15 percentage points from 2012 to 2014, which delivered Republicans their big wins in the 2014 midterms, according to a report by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Although the Democratic Party has historically appealed to the working class vote, PRRI's 2014 post-election survey released Tuesday at the Brookings Institute found that 61 percent of white working class voters voted for Republican candidates, which is up from the 55 percent of the white working class voters who voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
While six percentage points more white working class voters said they voted for Republicans in 2014, the percentage of working class voters who voted for Democratic candidates decreased by nine percent from the 2012 presidential election. The survey found that 26 percent of white working class voters voted for Democratic candidates in 2014. In 2012, 35 percent of white working class voters said they voted for Democrat president Barack Obama. more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has about 15 million followers worldwide, recently blasted the "magic underwear" moniker ascribed by non-Mormons to the sacred undergarments worn by the faithful as "inaccurate" and "offensive."
"Many faithful Latter-day Saints wear a garment under their clothing that has deep religious significance. Similar in design to ordinary modest underclothing, it comes in two pieces and is usually referred to as the 'temple garment,'" explained a video posted to the Mormon Newsroom channel on YouTube on the weekend.
"Some people incorrectly refer to temple garments as magical or 'magic underwear.' These words are not only inaccurate but also offensive to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is nothing magical or mystical about temple garments, and church members ask for the same degree of respect and sensitivity that would be afforded to any other faith by people of goodwill," it continued. more >>
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama on Sunday for not taking any action after receiving intelligence regarding the rise ISIS in Syria over a year ago.
Romney told John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WNYM in New York, called The Cats Roundtable, that had Obama acted upon intelligence reports that highlighted a strong presence of varying jihadist rebel terrorist groups' efforts in Syria, it could have prevented groups like ISIS from seizing cities in Iraq, a country the United States fought to liberate for over a decade.
"Those mistakes were made and now we have ISIS. Almost a year ago, American intelligence sources told the president that there was a group forming called ISIS … and there was significant chance that they would go into Iraq and invade a city there," Romney said. "The president failed to take action. He watched. We saw ISIS roll into Iraq. Instead of attacking them immediately and not knocking them in their convoy, when it would have been easy to knock down, the president again watched. Now we are in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies including those upon American journalists. Now we are in a difficult position." more >>
A new poll from local Siena College shows both New York City (NYC) Comptroller Candidate and former Governor Eliot Spitzer and NYC mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner have a high unfavorability rating among NYC voters, according to a NYC Christian politics professor.
The Siena College poll, released Tuesday, found 59 percent of voters viewed Spitzer unfavorably, a smaller number than the 79 percent who said so in 2008. Weiner, however, set a new personal unfavorability record with 80 percent. Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg highlighted that only 11 percent of NYC voters have a favorable view of "America's most infamous tweeter."
"It's a question of whether scandal produces a sense of shame in the supporter," C. David Corbin, professor of politics at the King's College in New York City, a Christian school dedicated to witnessing to NYC, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday interview. According to the Siena poll, that shame has hit a record high. more >>
While Republicans were the butt of most late night comic humor last year, now that President Barack Obama is re-elected, those comics have turned most of their attention to the president. New York mayoral candidate and famed "sexter" Anthony Weiner had the second most late night jokes in the first half of 2013.
Obama was joked about in 288 monologues on late night television, over twice as many as Weiner, who came in second with 120 jokes, according to a Center for Media and Public Affairs study on late night jokes between January 1 and June 30.
Pope Benedict XVI closely followed Weiner with 112 jokes. Vice President Joe Biden was a distant fourth place with 88 jokes. The only Republicans in the top 10 were former President George W. Bush (84 jokes) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (71 jokes) in fifth and sixth place, respectively. more >>
In his first interview since the 2012 presidential election, former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney said that he still maintains his opposition to same-sex marriage, in spite of the recent brief signed by lesser-known Republicans advocating its legalization in California.
"I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and that's because I believe the ideal setting for raising a child is where there's a mother and a father in the home," Romney, who also opposed same-sex marriage during his 2012 bid for president, told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.
"Other people have differing views and I respect that, whether that's in my party or in the Democratic Party. But these are very personal matters. My hope is that when we discuss things of this nature, we show respect for people who have differing views," Romney added. more >>