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Post-election poll

Sponsor: Faith in Public Life, Sojourners, and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Released: 2008-11

• Almost twice the number of white evangelicals who voted for Obama say he “shares their values,” is “friendly” to religion. • Obama significantly improves upon perceptions of Democratic Party’s “friendliness” to religion. Fifty-four percent of voters see Obama as friendly to religion, a 16-point improvement over his party’s numbers. • Palin nomination resulted in […]

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How People of Faith Voted in the 2008 Presidential Race

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2008-11

Evangelicals chose their candidate on a different set of indicators than did other voters. When asked their primary reason for supporting the candidate they selected, 40% of evangelicals said it was because of the candidate’s position on moral issues. Only 9% of other voters listed that as their driving reason. Other significant reasons for evangelical […]

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Trends in Candidate Preferences Among Religious Groups

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2008-10

As of Oct. 16-19, 2008, Obama leads among all registered voters, 52-38. White evangelicals are still strongly supporting McCain, but support for Obama amongst this group has increased 8 points over the past few weeks (from 18 to 24), while McCain’s has dropped from 74 to 67. White mainline Protestant candidate support has flipped– from […]

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Americans’ Views on Church Involvement in Partisan Politics

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2008-10

Two-thirds (66%) of the public opposes churches and other houses of worship speaking out in favor of one candidate over another. Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants are nearly as opposed to such endorsements as are those who are unaffiliated with any particular religion (64% vs. 68%). Black Protestants register the lowest level of opposition, […]

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Trends in Candidate Preference by Religious Group

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2008-10

McCain’s support from evangelical voters is at 69% (up from 61% in mid-June), compared to Obama’s 21%. Over the past few months, white mainline Protestants have flipped– a slight plurality now favor Obama (44% compared to 43% who prefer McCain). In mid-June, McCain was preferred by 53% of this group and Obama by 39%. A […]

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