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Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

calendar20 February 2015

Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

Poverty looks set to be a major issue among Christian voters at this year's General Election, a new survey has revealed. With nearly a quarter of Christians (24%) still undecided which way they will vote, the majority were certain that poverty and inequality were the most important issues facing the UK. The 'Faith in Politics?' survey carried out by the Evangelical Alliance asked over 2,000 Christians from 79 denominations what would sway their vote in May.

  • Evangelicals think poverty and inequality are the most important issue facing the UK today (32% selected this, compared to just 4% of the general public)
  • 61% say policies that are likely to make a positive difference to the poorest people in the UK are important to them and will affect their vote

Our Chief Executive, Matt Barlow said, 'This shows the depth of feeling Christians have towards the plight of the poorest. Now is the time for politicians to sit up and take note that the estimated two million evangelical Christians in the UK say the needs of the poorest need to be addressed – and the party who do this might well get their vote.'

Dr Dave Landrum, Advocacy Director at the Evangelical Alliance, said, 'The issues that concern evangelicals are quite different from the issues that concern the general public. Evangelicals care far more about poverty. With around two million across the UK, this is a section of society that politicians cannot ignore.'

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