Spiritual Politics blog
State by State
Leonard E. Greenberg Center
Democratic primary exit poll
Republican primary exit poll
Religious demographics chart
In this African-American-dominated contest, the only attendance category
in which Obama prevailed by less than 10 points was the Nevers, 38 percent
of whom went for him, as opposed to 31 percent for both Clinton and Edwards.
The Nevers made up only nine percent of the vote. No questions about
religious affiliation were asked.
Among the one-third of voters who said they attend church more than
weekly, Huckabee won fully 52 percent, more than twice his closest rival
(McCain at 23 percent). McCain narrowly won the Weeklies over Huckabee (32
percent to 30 percent), and picked up greater proportions the lower the
attendance rate. Huckabee won 43 percent of the evangelicals (60 percent of
the total) and a plurality of the Protestants, with and without the Other
Christians; but he got only 11 percent of the Catholics, who gave 45 percent
of their votes to McCain. Romney won only 11 percent of the votes of the 69
percent who said that the religious beliefs of the candidate matters
somewhat or a great deal—as opposed to 23 percent of those who said those
beliefs mattered not much or not at all. By contrast, Huckabee won 40
percent of the former and 10 percent of the latter.