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Romney Enjoys Huge Lead among White Evangelicals and Catholics

by | Apr 21, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

This week we’ve spent a lot of time discussing national polls, hoping to provide readers with a clear sense that the race between pro-life Mitt Romney and pro-abortion President Barack Obama is very, very close.

Three polls show Obama ahead, one (CNN) by 9 points, the second (Reuters) by 4 points, the third (Wall Street Journal/NBC poll) by six.  The first two have major flaws.

Two others—Gallup and Rasmussen—have Romney ahead by 2 points and 4 points, respectively. The CBS News/New York Times has the two men are tied at 46% among the poll of registered voters.

I’d like to finish the week with a few nuggets from a poll that I briefly alluded to–the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press–which came out Tuesday. Here are some highpoints, as explained by Daniel Burke, writing for the Religious News Service.

First and foremost is that Romney has a huge lead among white evangelicals and white Roman Catholics.

In the last month Obama has lost 5% among Protestants in general and 8% among allCatholics. “Romney now possesses a particularly large lead over Obama among white evangelicals (73 to 20 percent) and white Catholics (57 to 37 percent),” Burke writes. By contrast, “Religiously unaffiliated Americans largely support Obama (67 to 26 percent).”

Frequency of attendance is key “Americans who attend religious services weekly favor Romney (56 to 38 percent) while those who attend less often support Obama (56 to 37 percent),” Burke reports. In 2008, “Obama won Catholic voters overall, reversing recent trends, and made small inroads among evangelicals, three-quarters of whom still backed GOP nominee John McCain.”

In addition, according to the Pew Poll, 84% of white evangelicals said “there is no chance they will change their mind.”

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