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2012 Exit Polls: How the Faithful Voted – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Pew Foundation website gives us a nice overview of Religion and the 2012 election … Read the story or navigate the entire report at:

 

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Vote Choice by Religion and Race

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Religious Composition of the 2012 Electorate

In his re-election victory, Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the national popular vote (50% to 48%)1. Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 when he defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin, and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections – traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins.

via 2012 Exit Polls: How the Faithful Voted – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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The Catholic “Swing” Vote – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Catholics are often identified as a major “swing” voting group in American politics.1 In recent presidential elections Catholics have made up roughly a quarter of the electorate, and, indeed, they have been closely divided between the two parties.

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But a new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that most subgroups of American Catholics have reliably voted either Republican or Democratic. White Catholics who identify themselves as politically conservative have consistently voted for Republican candidates in recent elections. And white Catholics who identify themselves as political liberals have consistently voted for Democrats, as have Hispanic Catholics and other Catholic minorities.

The only group of Catholics that has been divided in recent elections is white Catholics who identify as moderates; they were closely divided in both 2000 and 2004 before swinging strongly in the Democratic direction in 2008. So far in 2012, there has been little drop-off in support for the Democrats among this group. In Pew Research Center polling conducted so far this year, about half of white Catholic moderates identify themselves as Democrats or say they lean toward the Democratic Party (51%), while 39% prefer the GOP.

via The Catholic “Swing” Vote – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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Candidate Preferences by Religious Group – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Polling conducted in May and early June by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that Mitt Romney continues to hold a commanding lead over Barack Obama among white evangelical voters. But Obama leads Romney by large margins among black Protestants and religiously unaffiliated voters.

The poll was conducted May 9-June 3 among 3,003 adults (including 2,338 registered voters). It was largely completed before the release of a weaker-than-expected federal jobs report on June 1 and recent declines in financial markets. The complete report, which includes general election preference by religion (PDF), is available on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press’ website.

via Candidate Preferences by Religious Group – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Filed under: Abortion, Election 2012, ethnicity in politics, faith-based, Vote,

Faith on the Move – Pew Research Center

An estimated 214 million people — about 3% of the world’s population — have migrated across international borders as of 2010. While the percentage may seem small, if the migrants were counted as one nation, they would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world, just behind Indonesia and ahead of Brazil.

Nearly half of these migrants (49%) are Christians, and the top country of origin has been Mexico, followed by Russia and the Ukraine where borders changed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The second-largest group of migrants are Muslims (27%), among whom the largest share has come from the Palestinian territories, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.

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Barack Obama, Catholics and contraceptives: The accommodation | The Economist

IT IS not every day that Republicans can seize on an issue that encapsulates everything they hate about Barack Obama. The recent scandal over contraception comes close. Mr Obama had ordered that all employer-sponsored health insurance cover …

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Mormons in America – Pew Research Center

With a Mormon candidate among the front-runners for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, a musical about Mormons playing on Broadway and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints (LDS) running television ads about ordinary Mormons, America is in the midst of what some media accounts have dubbed a “Mormon moment.”

MORE via Mormons in America – Pew Research Center.

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