10/18/2006 - White evangelical Protestants have become one of the most important parts of the Republican Party's electoral base, making up over one-third of those who identify with the GOP and vote for its candidates. The party's political fortunes depend, in large part, on retaining the solid support of the evangelical community. But evangelicals, like other voters, have been affected by the broader wave of voter disillusionment with President Bush and the Republican Party. Evangelicals remain the party's most supportive group, but at levels significantly diminished from where they were in the 2002 and 2004 elections.
The following is an update of Pew's report of May 2, 2006, which showed that Bush's image among evangelicals, while still positive, had declined from just a year and a half earlier. At that time, however, there was little evidence that Bush's troubles during the fall of 2005 and early 2006 were eroding support for the party.
Read the full report Evangelicals and the GOP: An Update on the Pew Research Center Web site.