With the election, scandals and budget battles, 2012 saw plenty of political losers. Here are the top ten political losers in American politics for 2012.
With Congress and President Barack Obama on the verge of passing an agreement to avoid the "fiscal cliff," America's political leaders have again shown an unwillingness to make difficult choices to deal with the nation's national debt, now at around $16.4 trillion. Americans said they were unsatisfied with the status quo and wanted their political leaders to work together to solve the nation's difficult problems, yet they re-elected a Democratic president, Democratic Senate and Republican House. more >>
According to a recently released survey by a major research organization, even after increased national exposure American perceptions of Mormonism have changed little over the past year.
The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life released their findings last week, which were based off of surveys conducted from Dec. 5 to 9 among an estimated 1,500 adults. Pew's findings included 82 percent of respondents saying they learned little or nothing about Mormonism during the presidential campaign and "cult" being the word chosen most to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
David E. Campbell, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, told The Christian Post that the findings of the Pew survey were "not surprising." more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, announced a new website designed to encourage dialogue about same-sex attractions and marriage.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says the website is important because it seeks to further understanding, noting it is wise to understand what God has revealed about the subject in scriptures.
"There is so much we don't understand about this subject, that we'd do well to stay close to what we know from the revealed word of God," stated Oaks in a video message on the new site. "What we do know is that the doctrine of the church, that sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married, has not changed and is not changing. But what is changing and what needs to change is to help our own members and families understand how to deal with same gender attraction." more >>
The Public Religion Research Institute confirmed that the religiously unaffiliated and minority Christian vote largely went to President Obama while Mitt Romney attracted most of the white, evangelical vote in November. The group's recent surveys highlight the challenge the GOP has in attracting minority voters.
According to the surveys, 25 percent of religiously unaffiliated voters supported Obama, with Romney winning only 7 percent of the same group. However, 40 percent of white, evangelical Protestants supported Romney while Obama received only 8 percent of that vote.
Each candidate received equal support from white, Catholic voters. more >>
Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president this year, received the lowest level of support among evangelicals of any Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996, according to a report by Barna Group, a Christian polling organization.
Romney received the support of 81 percent of evangelicals, compared to 88 percent for John McCain in 2008, and 83 percent and 85 percent, respectively, for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Only Dole received a lower level of evangelical support at 74 percent in Barna's polling.
Barna's results differ from other polls showing Romney received a higher proportion of the evangelical vote than McCain. The exit polls for the National Election Pool, for instance, showed Romney getting a share of the white evangelical vote that was four percentage points higher, 78 to 74 percent, than McCain. The differences can be explained, though, in how "evangelical" is defined for the different polls. more >>
Former President George W. Bush who has spent the past four years out of the political limelight, addressed immigration reform in a speech in Dallas on Tuesday, saying it would help boost the economy.
"Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas," Bush told those gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. "They fill a critical part in our labor market. They work hard for a better life."
During his second term, the former Texas governor tried to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package with the help of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 2007. However, it was dealt a deathblow by fellow Republicans. more >>