"Hockey Mom" (and GOP veep nominee) Sarah Palin isringing up big numbers, according to the Rasmussen poll, which has her approval rating at 58 percent, a point higher than Obama or McCain. She is especially popular with the party faithful, a.k.a. evangelicals. According to this God-o-Meter analysis, Obama's support among evangelicals is down to 18 percent, lower than Kerry's, and in spite of Obama'sextensive outreach effort. The end of the Religious Left? Or was it a figment of the imagination?

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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