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Trends in Candidate Preference by Religious Group

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2008-10

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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 staggering 96% of black Protestants support Obama. McCain is leading among white Catholics, 52% to 39%. Obama leads among the unaffiliated with a large margin– 65% to McCain’s 27%.