May 7, 2012 10 Comments
Of all the demographic “gaps” in presidential voting, I do find the religious gap rather intriguing. Here’s Gallup’s most recent polling on the matter:
This is where the action is– denomination, etc., matters, but not nearly as much as simple religious intensity. For example, check out these following two charts:
Of course, I also think it is quite interesting that we have “Nonreligious Catholic” and “Nonreligious Protestant” as meaningful categories, which certainly speaks to the cultural power of religion. (For the record, I’d put myself in that Obama-favoring “moderately religious Catholics” category).
Now Gallup’s take away on all this is that Romney needs to eat into Obama’s support among the less/non religious, but if Romney makes up ground– and I suspect he will– I think it is going to happen across all sorts of demographic categories and there will be nothing unique among non-religious.