Romney, Huckabee lead NH GOP race for President, new polls precede launch of controversial film

A new poll from the consulting firm Strategic National has some interesting numbers from New Hampshire primary voters on the state’s big-ticket races — and on the voters’ views on the intersection of science and religion.

When asked about who they will support in the GOP primary for president, Gov. Mitt Romney had a commanding lead of 33.5% among the crowded presidential field. But the percentages of the two next-place finishers — Gov. Mike Huckabee with 14% and Gov. Sarah Palin with 13% — show a surprising strength for culture warriors in a state that usually opts for more moderate Republicans.

In the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Ovide Lamontagne emerged with a clear lead, earning the support of 37% of primary voters. John Stephen took second place with 14%.

While it may not make as many headlines as Obamacare, the politicization of the science establishment weighs heavily on the minds of many politically active conservative Christians. Many Christians feel directly challenged by scientific pronouncements on Creation, global warming, and morality issues such as homosexuality and abortion. Issues of faith and science have been issues for presidential contenders, as evidenced by last election’s GOP debate, in which the moderator asked candidates who did not believe in evolution to raise their hands.

Both Iowa and New Hampshire have been targeted to be the sites of early release for a new Christian film,
The Genesis Code. The Genesis Code touches on three hot-button political issues for Christian conservatives: the conflict between science and faith, the discrimination against Christians on college campuses, and the right to life. The Genesis Code has already sold out their red-carpet preview on January 27 in Hooksett, NH, and the showing of the film is likely to bring these social issues to the front of voters’ minds.

The film has already released two trailers honing in on the controversies explored in the movie. The first focuses on the quest of the main character, Kerry Wells, to reconcile Genesis with the scientific account of creation and explains the film’s theory that recent scientific discoveries actually confirm the biblical tale of Creation. The movie postulates that by applying Einstein’s theory of time dilation, the events described in Genesis and by science are discovered to be in perfect accord. Watch the trailer HERE.

The second trailer delves into the film’s story of religious discrimination on campus. When protagonist Kerry Wells is told by her academic adviser that she’ll need to ditch her Christian faith to be taken seriously as a paleontologist, her quest to prove the unity of science and faith to her professors becomes all the more urgent. To view the trailer, click HERE.

The movie is the first release from the newly formed American Epic Entertainment (AEE), a joint effort of conservatives and film-industry professionals to create family-friendly movies catering to Christian audiences. The film is slated for wide release in early February.

The Strategic National poll also illuminated that tension between science and faith in the minds of the voters. 39% of responders believe that the Creation story of the Bible and the creation story currently told by science are in conflict. 45% believe that the creation of the world took only 6 days, and about 32% believe that the age of the Earth is around 10,000 years.

A similar poll was taken in Iowa, another early caucus state. The margins between the two states’ views on science and faith corroborate the conventional wisdom that the voters of the Iowa caucus are more conservative than those of New Hampshire. More Iowans believe that the Earth is only 10,000 years old by a margin of 13%, and Iowans outpace the voters of New Hampshire in believing that the Earth was created in six days by a margin of 23%.

For the full results of the New Hampshire poll, click HERE

For the full results of the Iowa poll, click HERE

Author: Staff Reporter

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