It’s not surprising that Mitt Romney is beating Barack Obama among the very religious. It’s not surprising that Obama is beating Romney among moderately and non-religious voters. But the extent to which both are destroying each other on different sides of the debate shows the extent to which religion remains a polarising issue in the country. In a new Gallup poll, Romney leads by strong double-digits among the very religious. Obama, on the other hand, leads by double-digits among the moderately religious and strong double-digits among the non-religious.
And interestingly, Obama still captures the overall Catholic vote, despite a slew of negative backlash.
Here’s the breakdown:
Let’s compare to the 2008 election: According to CNN, both voters who went to church weekly and more than weekly voted at a 55-per cent clip for Republican candidate John McCain. That compared to 44 per cent for Obama.
Voters who went to church monthly went to Obama 53 per cent to 46 per cent. Those who never went to church voted Obama on a 67 to 30 per cent clip.
Gallup editor in chief Frank Newport’s analysis:
Despite Romney’s troubles with highly religious Republican voters, he gets the disproportionate support from highly religious voters in the general election that Republican candidates traditionally enjoy. Very religious voters make up less than half of the electorate, however, and among all Americans, Romney is losing to Obama by a seven-point margin.
And then there’s the Catholic vote, which still tilts toward Obama despite the flurry of backlash stemming from the contraception debate earlier this year. Though Romney does beat him 50 to 46 per cent among “very religious” Catholics.
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