Poll Spot

The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2009-04

Fifteen percent of the total US population thinks torture can often be justified, 34% think it can sometimes be justified, 22% think it can rarely be justified, and 25% think it can never be justified. Among white evangelical Protestants, 18% think torture can often be justified, 44% think it can sometimes be justified, 17% think […]

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American Religious Identification Survey

Sponsor: Trinity College Program on Public Values
Released: 2009-03

The percentage of Christians in America, which declined in the 1990s from 86.2 percent to 76.7 percent, has now edged down to 76 percent. Ninety percent of the decline comes from the non-Catholic segment of the Christian population, largely from the mainline denominations, including Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians/Anglicans, and the United Church of Christ. These […]

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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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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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