Spiritual Politics blog
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Leonard E. Greenberg Center
Democratic primary exit poll
Republican primary exit poll
Religious demographics chart
Obama swept all the attendance categories by roughly the same margin as
he won the primary—between 55 percent for the Weeklies and 60 percent for
the Monthlies and the Few-Times-A-Years. Obama cruised among the Protestants
but, most significantly, split the Catholic vote with Clinton 50-50. Indeed,
he won the white Catholic vote by a point—suggesting that Latino Catholics
(otherwise undetected in the poll) tilted slightly toward Clinton. At 60
percent, the Nones were slightly more pro-Obama than the Protestants
(including Other Christians). Other Christians alone, however, split
two-to-one for Obama.
Among the 15 percent of voters who said they attend worship more than
weekly, Huckabee dominated McCain 67 percent to 27 percent. McCain carried
all other attendance categories handily, however, including the Weeklies, 54
percent to 38 percent. Evangelicals, totaling 38 percent of voters, went
strongly for Huckabee (55 percent to 36 percent), but nowhere near as
strongly as the non-evangelicals went for McCain (67 percent to 24 percent).
The latter was almost identical to McCain’s margin among Catholics.
Protestants (including Other Christians) actually split narrowly for McCain
as well, 48 percent to 45 percent.