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The Fifth National Survey of Religion and Politics: A Baseline for the 2008 Election

Sponsor: University of Akron/Ray C. Bliss Institute of Advanced Politics
Released: 2008-09

This poll found that evangelicals were supporting McCain at nearly the same rate as they were supporting George W. Bush at the same time four years ago. Evangelical Protestants favored McCain over Obama by 57.2 percent to 19.9 percent margin. Also, Mainline Protestants and non-Hispanic Catholics were divided, but leaning slightly toward McCain. Obama was […]

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Catholics and Presidential Nominee Support

Sponsor: Associated TV/Zogby International
Released: 2008-08

In mid-July, Catholics favored Democratic Sen. Barack Obama by 11 percent. This poll, from August, shows they now favor Republican Sen. John McCain by a margin of 50 to 34 percent.

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Annual Religion and Public Life Survey

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2008-08

A narrow majority of the public says that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters and not express their views on day-to-day social and political matters. For a decade, majorities of Americans had voiced support for religious institutions speaking out on such issues. Second, while the Republican Party is most […]

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Poll of Catholic Voters

Sponsor: Time
Released: 2008-07

Although Senator Barack Obama was thought to have a “Catholic problem” during the Democratic primaries, in which Senator Hillary Clinton won a majority of Catholic votes, he has pulled even with Senator John McCain among that constituency. Senator Obama now polls 44% to his GOP opponent’s 45%.

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U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

Sponsor: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Released: 2008-06

While Americans still have sharp differences on issues like abortion, homosexuality and evolution, there is growing consensus among people of faith on issues related to poverty, the environment and pursuing peace through diplomacy. The Religious Landscape Survey includes responses from 35,000 respondents, and has spurred further, topical analysis. Palin V.P. Nomination Puts Pentecostalism in the […]

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