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Regular churchgoers favor Romney, Pew poll shows

Catholic World News - April 20, 2012

A new poll of American voters by the Pew Research Center finds that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a substantial edge over incumbent President Barack Obama among voters who attend religious services regularly.

Among Americans of all faiths who worship weekly or more, Romney leads Obama by a commanding margin of 56 to 38%. Among those who worship less frequently, the numbers are almost exactly reversed, with Obama leading 56 to 37%.

Romney holds an edge among Catholic voters, by 50 to 45%, the Pell survey showed. Among white non-Hispanic Catholics the Republican candidate’s lead is more pronounced: 57 to 37%.

But again the preference for Romney is much stronger among regular churchgoers. White non-Hispanic Catholics who attend Mass weekly (or more often) favor Romney by an overwhelming 64 to 31%; among those who attend Mass less often, his lead drops to 51 to 34%.

The Republican candidate is also favored by Protestants, by 51 to 43%. He holds a commanding lead among white non-Hispanic Evangelicals: 73 to 20%. Even among white mainline Protestants, Romney is favored by 50 to 42%.

But the Pew poll shows a stunning preference for Obama among African-American Evangelicals; the figure shows Obama monopolizing support in that group by a staggering 96 to 0%.

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  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Apr. 21, 2012 8:59 AM ET USA

    Evangelical Blacks favor obama 98%; SOMEONE has to get bold and speak out about this bias on the part of Blacks. They are not getting the message from Christ if they favor skin color to pick a wicked person to harm America; they're not looking deep in this case.

  • Posted by: owlreal - Apr. 20, 2012 11:42 PM ET USA

    This poll tells us nothing.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 20, 2012 9:11 PM ET USA

    Once again, the Evangelicals, white and non-white, put Catholics to shame by clearly rejecting a President who has trampled on citizens' constitutional freedom of religion and joined Planned Parenthood in advocating the killing of innocent children through abortion. It is clear that Evangelicals are applying Jesus' words to their daily lives while many Catholics only think about Christ for an hour in church on Sunday.

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