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Catholics broke for Obama, evangelicals for Romney

The morning-after snapshot of religion and the election is that, as usual, Catholics were the bellwether. They voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 50-48, and Obama captured the popular vote by...50-48.

Obama lost non-Catholic Christians (i.e. Protestants) by a hefty 15-point margin, 42-57. but this was more than compensated for by the rest of the pack: Nones (70-26), Jews (69-30), Others (74-23). 

Evangelicals in the end don't seem to have sat on their hands, and they voted for the Mormon candidate at Bushian levels, 78-21. Indeed, evangelicals voted for Romney at exactly the same rate as his own co--religionists. Imagine that.

As for the God Gap, despite earlier signs to the contrary, it again outstripped the Gender Gap. Those who said they attend worship weekly preferred Mitt Romney by 20 points, 59-39. Those who said they attend less frequently went for Obama by 25 points. That compares to a male preference for Romney of seven points and a female preference for Obama of 11.

All told, it looks like the basic religious divides in the U.S. electorate remain where they were established in the 1990s. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Topics: Politics, Election


  1. Well I find it interesting that those same ‘evangelicals’ a few years back who were so convinced that Mormonism is a cult were now were so quick to compromise that stance due to their own fears and prejudice/racism against Obama. I also find it interesting that a considerably number of Catholics basically told their church, you can’t tell ME how to vote and they in overwhelming numbers supported a candidate who is quite clear about being pro-abortion and pro gay rights, two things that are against the teachings of their church.  In both cases, I guess it demonstrates the old saying really is true. Politics makes for strange bedfellows.

  2. I love it when dumb people try to sound smart. Sabrina, do us a favor and proof read your remarks next time. I love how anybody who didn’t vote for Obama is a fearful racist. Blanket statements prove your ignorance.

    Mormonism is a cult. However, evangelicals weren’t voting for a pastor, they were voting for a president. Evangelicals voted for Romney because he shared the same moral values and principals of government as themselves.

    The truth is that the battle for social issues is over in this country. Gay marriage and abortion are here to stay. For someone with republican ideas and principals that limit the size of government to win an election will have to compromise on those issues. America has shifted. We are a secular society. The biblical values that once shaped most Americans world view (Catholic and Protestant) are considered by the majority to be outdated and irrelevant.

  3. I wonder how the Catholic Bishops will react to this news?

    All during this election they were making noises about voting your faith and Obama’s war on religious freedom. The most recent example was Illinois Bishop Daniel Jenky’s letter accusing the administration of an unprecedented “assault upon our religious freedom” and implied that voting for Democrats who support abortion rights are like those who condemned Jesus to death.

  4. “Proofread” is one word, not two.

  5. And speaking of proofreading, the correct spelling of “principals” in this context is “principles.”

  6. I used to be a practicing Catholic.  Now I’m not practicing and I’m certainly not Catholic.  They are as misguided as the Republican party.

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