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Poll Finds ND GOP Voters Fear Country Losing Christian Valuess

By: Michael Standaert, North Dakota News Cooperative

May 28, 2024

Support for “Christian nationalist” ideas mixed.

Republican voters in the state have conservative Christian ideals they believe should be reflected in political decisions, but only up to a point, a new North Dakota Poll has found. 

Of voters surveyed, 73% fear that if the U.S. moves away from Christian foundations, the country will be in peril, according to the North Dakota News Cooperative (NDNC) poll, conducted May 20-22.

The NDNC poll surveyed 500 eligible voters – those likely to vote in the June 11 Republican primary – to gauge which candidates they will support, but also to better understand how Christian views inform political ideals in the state and overall satisfaction with the party. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%.

The poll found that 71% believe U.S. laws should be based on Christian values, and 61% believe being Christian is an important part of being “truly American.” 

Those numbers indicate that more conservative factions within the NDGOP could have an advantage in upcoming primary elections, as long as they don’t veer too far right. 

More ultraconservative Christian ideas, sometimes termed “Christian nationalism,” drew a more mixed response. Prospective GOP voters are less likely to believe that God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all areas of American society, with 42% agreeing with that sentiment, compared to 36% who disagreed. 

Another 54% believe the U.S. government should officially declare the country a Christian nation, while 30% disagree.

Read the full article with poll graphics here.