Poll Spot

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 […]

read more »

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 […]

read more »

Candidate Preference by Religious Attendance

Sponsor: Gallup
Released: 2008-10

A week before the election, John McCain is winning overwhelmingly among non-Hispanic whites who attend church weekly, while Barack Obama dominates among whites who seldom or never attend church.

read more »

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 […]

read more »

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, […]

read more »