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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

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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 doing best among African-American Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Hispanic Protestants, and the religiously unaffiliated. Latino Protestants are one of the groups experiencing the most political change, favoring Bush in the summer of 2004 but now favoring Obama in the summer of 2008. There has been a slight shift toward more liberal positions on same sex marriage and stem cell research among many religious groups.