Beyond one somewhat cryptic passage in the New Testament that has Jesus saying his followers should "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's", neither Jesus or his disciples had much to say about how Christians ought to vote. No wonder, voting as we know it didn't exist in the Middle East at that time.
So I'm curious about modern Christians and their attitude as to how to vote, and I'll use the upcoming presidential election as an example. Do theists believe that it's their responsibility to vote their conscience regardless of how they are urged to vote by a minister/pastor/priest, or they are obligated to follow the admonishments of their leaders and vote as they are instructed?
The current race between Obama and Romney must be a difficult one for mainstream Christians. I'm seeing numerous clergy denounce Obama as socialistic, gay friendly, atheist friendly and an enemy of the evangelical right. On the other hand it appears to pain them to advocate for Romney since many of them don't consider Mormons to be "real" Christians. They're between a rock and a hard place.
Will Christians, especially moderate to liberal ones, vote their conscience if they believe Obama would be a better choice than Romney or will they follow the advice of their leaders and vote for Romney? How important are the opinions of religious leaders in guiding the voting habits of Christians? Once in the booth, do Christians primarily consider their own opinions about the candidates or vote as they've been advised?