Notional Christians: The Big Election Story in 2016

Religion played a significant role in the 2016 presidential election, from the activity of national religious leaders to the importance of various faith-related issues, to the high level of turnout among key segments of faith-driven voters. This is the first of several research releases based on Barna's election survey examining the role of faith in this historic political contest.

Highlights of Barna's 2016 Election Coverage

The 2016 Presidential Campaign has been a long and tumultuous road, but we’re finally in the home stretch. Since February, Barna has been chronicling the opinions and attitudes of the American public toward this historic campaign, so in recognition of Election Day, here’s a recap of our coverage.

Religious Beliefs Have Greatest Influence on Voting Decisions

Though fewer Americans are going to church these days, a new survey reveals that the most likely influence on candidate selection in this year’s presidential contest is their religious beliefs.

Voters Disagree on Which Candidate Is More Presidential

Most Americans are struggling to muster enthusiasm about the presidential candidate they plan to vote for. A new survey from Barna not only reveals the numbers behind that lack of enthusiasm, but also identifies which candidate is seen as having more of the qualities expected of a president.

The Faith and Ideology of Trump and Clinton Supporters

Despite the tight race for the presidency between Trump and Clinton, each candidate is drawing a vastly different segment of voters. A new study from Barna indicates just how divergent those segments are—and helps to explain how divided the nation is in its vision for the future.

American Views on Terrorism: 15 Years After 9/11

Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the threat of terrorism has become a major preoccupation not only in government policy debates, but in the hearts and minds of the American public. In light of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Barna conducted a survey to gauge the evolving views of American adults on the complex issues of terrorism.

Voters Want a Different America

Though deep political divisions run through the American public, there is a shared dissatisfaction with the status quo. A new study from Barna uncovers how American voters feel about the direction of their nation, the candidates for president, and the reach of the federal government.

Influences on Which Candidate Voters Choose

Most adults believe they are unswayed by media and advertising when it comes to supporting a presidential candidate. So how do Americans make their voting decisions? A national survey of registered voters conducted by Barna reveals the various influences on vote-casting.

Many Americans Say Bible Is Key to Better Politics

The presidential race this year has been less than civil, but according to American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” survey powered by Barna, most Americans believe politicians and their discourse would vastly improve if they engaged in regular Bible reading.

Evangelicals Least Likely to Pay Close Attention to 2016 Campaign

Although evangelicals are the religious segment most likely to characterize the outcome of this year’s presidential election as “extremely important to the future of the United States," Barna's research finds they are the group least engaged thus far with the presidential race.

America’s Faith Segments Are Divided on Presidential Race

Faith has become a focal point of the 2016 presidential election, but how are people from different faith groups in the US responding to the race? According to Barna’s data, each group holds substantially different attitudes and candidate preferences.

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