Evangelical Democrats

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On the eve of Super Tuesday, Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean is agitating for an exit poll question asking Democratic voters if they consider themselves born again or evangelical Christians. He would like to give the lie to the popular belief that (white) evangelicals only vote Republican. Of course, in general elections at least a quarter of them have, these days, been voting Democratic. But if it could be shown that a larger proportion of them are showing up to vote in Democratic primaries, that would be excellent news for the Democrats faith-based initiative, and a really cool talking point for Howard Dean and company. Of course, the news might not be so good. Anyway, Peter Steinfels lends his pen to the cause in today’s New York Times. Will the pollsters heed his call? Tune in Tuesday night.