Poll Spot

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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Beliefnet’s 2008 Exit Poll

Sponsor: Beliefnet
Released: 2008-11

This is an unscientific poll of Beliefnet users, which looks voting patterns and preferences of the most religious of the Obama and McCain constituencies- those who attend church weekly or more. (Exit polls indicated that 55% of those who attend worship services weekly or more voted for McCain while 43% voted for Obama, an improvement […]

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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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Faith and American Politics Survey

Sponsor: Faith in Public Life
Released: 2008-10

Monthly worship attenders swing to Obama in 2008. More Americans think Obama is friendly to religion than McCain. Younger Catholics more strongly support Obama, abortion rights, and more active government than older Catholics. Younger white evangelicals strongly oppose abortion rights but are less conservative and more supportive of same-sex marriage than older evangelicals. Younger white […]

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