Majority of Trump Voters Were Impacted by ‘Religious Liberty’ and ‘Unborn Human Life’ Concerns

Lauretta Brown | November 14, 2016 | 11:15am EST
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( – A majority of those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump said that the Republican Party platform’s strong positions on the unborn and religious liberty impacted their vote, according to a Friday poll by WPA Opinion Research that was commission by Family Research Council (FRC).

The survey asked, “As you may know, the Republican party platform includes strong positions on unborn human life and religious liberty. How did this impact your presidential vote?”

A majority - 51 percent - of total registered voters surveyed said these issues in the Republican platform impacted their presidential vote, and 59 percent of Trump voters said that this impacted their presidential vote, compared to 48 percent of Clinton voters.

The 2016 Republican Party Platform stated that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed” and added that the party opposes using “public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”

The platform also says that “to protect religious liberty we will ensure that faith-based institutions, especially those that are vital parts of underserved neighborhoods, do not face discrimination by government.”

“The Republican Party's platform positions on unborn human life and religious liberty was the bridge between Donald Trump and Christian conservatives,” FRC President Tony Perkins, who served as a platform delegate from Louisiana, said in response to the poll’s findings.

“It was the party platform that brokered the deal between Trump and Christian conservatives -- a deal that was sealed in the final debate when Trump vividly described a partial-birth abortion and pledged to appoint pro-life justices,” he concluded. “The Republican Party platform played a key role in bringing Christian conservatives and Trump together."

The survey also found that two-thirds (66 percent) of surveyed voters overall agreed that “government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage between one man and one woman as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses.”

“The study was conducted of n=1,046 registered voters from a randomized sample of 800,000 registered voters nationwide,” WPA said of their methodology. “Data was collected the day after the election (November 9, 2016).”

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