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Nationwide Candidate Preference Poll

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2008-08

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For the most part, the various faith communities of the U.S. currently support Sen. Barack Obama for the presidency. Among the 19 faith segments that The Barna Group tracks, evangelicals were the only segment to throw its support to Sen. John McCain. Among the larger faith niches to support Sen. Obama are non-evangelical born again Christians (43% to 31%); notional Christians (44% to 28%); people aligned with faiths other than Christianity (56% to 24%); atheists and agnostics (55% to 17%); Catholics (39% vs. 29%); and Protestants (43% to 34%). In fact, if the current preferences stand pat, this would mark the first time in more than two decades that the born again vote has swung toward the Democratic candidate.

Note: The Barna Group identifies evangelical and Born-Again Christians differently than other polling organizations, using their own criteria rather than self-identification.