October 6th, 2007
08:42 AM ET
11 years ago

'08 White House hopefuls rated on 'God-o-Meter'

How does your favorite presidential candidate do on the "God-o-Meter?"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What role does religion play in presidential politics? CNN’s Abbi Tatton reports on a web tool dubbed the “God-o-meter” that ranks candidates according to how often they discuss faith on the campaign trail.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Jesus, (or that being that Mitt believes lives on the planet Kabob). would be rolling his eyes at this.

    There is something sick about religion and politics in America, and we've been paying dearly for it.

    October 5, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. D.S.F., Canada

    Oh God...

    October 5, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas, TX

    This is at best SILLY at worst INSULTING to our intelligence.

    Please show us some respect.TAKE IT DOWN!!


    October 5, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. JT, Ada OK


    October 5, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Charles S., Agate Beach, OR

    Is not how often politicians discuss faith on the campaign trail just blatant sychophancy? Consider what the Tao Te Ching says: "Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know."

    October 5, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Truman, Castaic CA

    It is truly amazing
    that none of you see what is really going on. This blindness of our
    populous is really the problem with America. You actually believe
    that one of these candidates is different from another and that the
    two parties stand for different principles. Don't you see that the
    same people have been in power for decades and the changing of
    control in congress from one party to another is mere theatrics. If
    Hillary is elected, either a Clinton or a Bush will have been in the
    presidency for a minimum of 20 years!
    senators started back in the 1970's and keep getting re-elected. If
    you want our country back YOU
    have to stop putting the same people in power, remove the career
    politicians, introduce term limits on senators and sponsor true
    statesmen. Otherwise, the agenda of the status quo will continue as
    it has for the past 75 years. Learn your history people and stop
    repeating your mistakes...I beg this of you. Oh, and don't forget to
    wear your flag pin!

    October 5, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Ben, Chicago IL

    McCain is a zealot now? Edwards is gay-friendly because he says so, and not a homophobe because he acted like one for all of 2004? You seem to be basing this test on the last month. Wouldn’t it be more meaningful to look at their careers rather than recent statements and primary posturing?

    October 5, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. J Houston, TX


    It's hilarious, and shows how badly politics tries to play games and manipulate in order to attract attention. Both sides blatantly play to their constituents no matter what they believe.

    October 6, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. Enraged, SLC, UT

    The higher a candidate ranks on the "God-O-Meter," the less respect they should get. Keep your Bronze Age delusions to yourselves.

    October 6, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. Evelyn, Princeton, WV

    I believe our President should be somewhat selected based on their religion. Regardless of argument, our originally constitution and country was based upon God and it should still be that way today. The separation of church and state was not to take God out of the constitution or country. It was simply to keep the state out of the church but NOT to keep the church out of the state like people have tried to twist it.

    October 6, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    It is this kind of thinking that has given us probably the worst president in the history of the United States. Bush is pro-life, for instance, but that doesn't mean a thing when that commitment ends at birth.

    October 6, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    When a candidate mentions God it means nothing to me. The question is, does the candidate have and display a true internal revelation of the Creator God and His son Jesus Christ. I don't believe that I am the judge of that, but I look to see if I can see it in their life.

    The other question is, do their ideas promote True Christian Freedom?

    May God give us a man who has more than words of faith, but who has a true understanding of the freedom that God meant for all men and women. This is the kind of Freedom that our Founding Fathers longed for.


    October 6, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. Steven, NAshville, TN

    You can always measure the decline of a nation by the degree of its superstition. In a time when science, reality, and humanism should guide our nations actions it's a shame to see that religious fundementalism continues to hold such power.

    October 6, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. George, Billerica MA

    I still have no clue what most of these candidates claim they would do, and whether their campaign promises could be met, all things CNN should be spending a lot more time researching and reporting, and this is what you spend your time on? Truly sad.

    October 6, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  15. LS, Tulsa , OK

    I agree, please do not include this in the political ticker . It's not funny and it's insulting in my opinion.

    October 6, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. Paul, Los Angeles. CA

    We all need to remember that according to the Constitution, the church and state are separate and "the church" has no business whatsoever in politics. So I, as an American, find this highly offensive. Religious ideologies, Christian ones in particular, have become a powerful force in America. Not coincidentally, we have the worst president in the history of our country. I am proud to be American but am ashamed of our president and his Evangelically clouded judgement. The fact that such articles can even be published in the "news" just makes me remember how twisted we've become and how far we've strayed from our original values.

    October 6, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    This is supposedly a religiously tolerant nation, so why exactly is religion playing a role in the 2008 elections? Plus, doesn't the constitution say to keep affairs of religion and affairs of the state separate?

    October 6, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  18. steve Loudon, TN

    read Christopher Hitchens book "God is not great" More perversion, death, murder and loss of individual freedoms are due to the extreme beliefs in "God" professed by the extremes of all sides...the right wing fundementalists to the Islamic Jihadists. They have no concept of God and what faith, hope, charity, and forgiveness mean.

    October 6, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  19. Christian, Tampa FL

    Personally, I have a great deal of respect for a candidate that talks often about faith. Regardless of religious convictions, faith is an ideal that is fundamental to the nature of this country and the world, as well as to the future. We must all have faith in something, regardless of religion.

    October 6, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  20. Bob, Pittsburgh, PA

    We already have a believer in the White House whose done God awful job. Why would we want another? Give me an intelligent atheist over a moronic believer any day.

    October 6, 2007 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  21. Lee, Estherville, IA

    'K, that's it....Pinky and the Brain for President and Vice President, Marvin the Martian for Secretary of State, Deputy Dawg for Attorney General and Henry the Chicken Hawk for Head of Homeland Security.

    October 6, 2007 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  22. Mrs. America

    I'd like to keep track and then vote for the least Godly candidate. This religion thing has got way out of hand.

    October 6, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  23. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Insulting? Yes it is insulting that our nation has been subverted by theocratic radicals that seek to divide and conquer our secular democracy. Yes it is insulting that religious organizations,in broad daylight,have abused their freedom to enslave through the use of brutal brainwashing techniques our populace to achieve an end that is so obviously self-defeating. An insult to our intelligence? No, more like an apt assessment of our country's lack there-of. Keep the God-o-meter up CNN! The new age of enlightenment is at hand.

    October 6, 2007 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  24. Bill Detroit, Michigan

    I like the meter, politicians hide their agenda's in religion. What ever happened to "seperation of god and state"?

    October 6, 2007 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. Bill, Alabama

    I take the comments that the candidates make regarding their religious faith and religious convictions about as seriously as I do their promises on what they will do when they are elected to office.

    These characters will say and do anything, and for them to quote religion is hypocritical to the max.

    October 6, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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