A new Barna study reveals that Hispanic Americans hold tight to their biblical values and could greatly influence a conservative tide in voting in the years to come, as this fastest-growing segment of the U.S. is projected to comprise up to 30 percent of the population by 2050 -- when there will be no ethnic majority in this nation.
However, one glaring statistic has many conservative Christians skeptical about Hispanics possibly turning the Leftist voting tide to the Right. A couple weeks ago, 71 percent of Hispanics in America voted for President Barack Obama -- unarguably the most pro-abortion and pro-homosexual president in United States history.
In the months before the election, the Barna Group partnered with the American Bible Society (ABS), OneHope and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) to conduct a survey titled "Hispanic America: Faith, Values & Priorities." In the study, researchers interviewed thousands of Hispanic Americans to get a closer look at exactly what influences their worldview. After tallying and reviewing the results, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, concluded that Hispanic Americans' beliefs and behaviors are increasingly impacting and influencing the political climate and society.
"Faith and family are the main building blocks of Hispanic-Americans," insists Rodriguez, who has been dubbed by CNN as a leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement. "Given the rapid growth of Hispanics in America, it is time to give more attention to this important segment of the American landscape."
Acknowledging the potential of reaching out to this ethnic group, Rodriguez's group, Barna, ABS, and OneHope collaborated to find out a little more about the sector of society that could move elections one way or the other.
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Michael F. Haverluck