U.S. - A new LifeWay Research poll confirmed Wednesday that a majority of conservative evangelicals would vote for Satan, the Prince of Darkness, should he run for public office as a Republican candidate.
The poll found that 72% of self-identified evangelicals would vote and even campaign for the prince of fallen angels should he promise to promote Republican policies while in office.
"Most of those we surveyed agreed that they would in fact vote for Satan, as long as he verbally supported pro-life and pro-Second Amendment platform positions," the head of the research study said. "A majority of respondents 'strongly agreed' that it was important for a candidate to pay lip service to the hot-button issues of the religious right, while strongly disagreeing that a candidate's personal penchant for tempting countless millions of souls into the fires of hell would affect his public policies."
"Lucifer? Yeah, I'd vote for him, as long as he claims to be a Republican," one member of a study focus group said. "He's got some character flaws, sure - who doesn't - but we've got to remember that ensuring we Christians get some fleeting political power is far more important than whether our chosen candidate does a little soul-devouring on the side."
The poll also looked at related issues, such as the willingness of evangelicals to overlook or minimize major moral failings in human candidates.
"Personal indiscretions, shady business dealings, making blood sacrifices to Azathoth the Daemon Sultan in secret - Christians are now willing to forgive literally everything if it means they'll have some kind of political clout," the study head told reporters. "Our findings confirm that conservative Christians are actually more likely to vote for mobsters, cultists, and hellish demon kings than any other demographic."
At publishing time, study officials had confirmed evangelicals would also be willing to support Sith lords, elder gods, and the evil Dr. Robotnik if they were to run for office as members of the GOP.