Spiritual Politics blog
State by State
Leonard E. Greenberg Center
Illinois Democratic Exit Poll
Illinois Republican Exit Poll
Even in his home state, Obama could not quite manage to win the Catholic
vote, losing it to Clinton by a narrow 50 percent to 48 percent margin.
White Catholics went to Clinton by 53 percent to 46 percent. No one liked
Obama more than the non-Judeo-Christians, 84 percent of whom voted him. The
Nones (those with no religion) came close, however, at 78 percent. White
Protestants went his way by a margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.
Huckabee squeaked ahead of McCain with 33 percent of the
more-than-weekly attenders. McCain won all other attendance categories. The
evangelicals as a whole went for McCain by a hefty margin—38 percent for him
as opposed to 28 percent for Huckabee and 27 percent for Romney. While this
may say something about Illinois (Willow Creek-style) evangelicals, it
suggest above all that without mounting a real mobilization campaign (cf.
Florida), Huckabee was simply unable to win his base. In the Land of
Lincoln, McCain won a bare majority of Catholics and a solid plurality of
Protestants (including “Other Christians”).