Survey finds most pastors concerned about impact of 2020 election, believe they can influence how congregation votes

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Almost half of American pastors believe they influence how their congregations vote, according to a recent survey by the Barna Group.

The study, which involved 475 senior or executive Protestant pastors between Sept. 24 and 28, found that 74% of those who responded were somewhat or very concerned about the impact the upcoming presidential election could have on their church.

At the same time, 44% of pastors said they probably or definitely influence the way their congregation votes, though 79% of them somewhat or strongly disagree that they have a responsibility to teach their church members which candidate to choose.

The survey, from the California-based Christian research firm Barna, found that two-thirds of those who responded said the upcoming election would not divide their congregation.