Spiritual Politics blog
State by State
Leonard E. Greenberg Center
Democratic Exit Poll
No Republican Exit Poll
Where white Protestants went for Clinton by 58 percent to 42 percent,
white Catholics split 71-29 in her favor. That was the worst showing for
Obama among white Catholics anywhere in the nation, not excluding New York.
In Ohio (so often compared to Pennsylvania), Obama actually did better among
white Catholics (34-65) than among white Protestants (30-67). The
explanation would seem to be that Pennsylvania’s white Catholics are more
working class, more classic Reagan Democrat than Ohio’s, while the Keystone
State’s white Protestants comprise many fewer evangelicals, and a lot more
moderate-to-liberal suburbanites. In other categories, Jews went for
Clinton, but by a smaller margin than white Protestants. Unaccountably, all
Jews were slightly more pro-Clinton (57-43) than white Jews (56-44). As
usual, those of non-Judeo-Christian faiths and of no religion went strongly
for Obama. On the attendance scale, Clinton won all categories handily
except the Nevers, though the More-than-Weeklies split for here by the
narrowest of margins, 51-49. But the big religion story of the primary was
the overwhelming Catholic support for Clinton--and the utter failure of
popular Catholic pro-life governor Bob Casey, Jr. to move his
co-religionists in the direction of his favored candidate.
No exit poll for what was a foregone conclusion.