Godless Gap

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:

Candidate Support by Religiosity, Registered Voters, April 2012

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:

Candidate Support by Religiosity, Among Protestants Only, Registered Voters, April 2012

Candidate Support by Religiosity, Among Catholics Only, Registered Voters, April 2012

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.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

10 Responses to Godless Gap

  1. In other words you are prepared for Romney to take over and clean up Obutthole’s mess

  2. Mike says:

    It seems odd to me that the highly religious people are going to Romney, even though he has shown himself to be without scruples by saying anything, changing position on anything in order to gain power.

    I’m not an expert on the bible, does it say anything about being a liar, about telling the truth or about being honest?

    • Steve Greene says:

      Apparently it says something about being a Republican :-). Seriously, though, more intense Christianity has obviously become strongly associated with social conservative political values. I don’t think who the actual Republican candidate is matters much at all.

  3. Trust me, Romney was far from my first choice but anyone has to be better than Obama. At least Romney is a highly skilled business man and has a lot of experience turning around failing businesses whereas Obutthole has ZERO experience but thinks he knows what is best for business. It is the businesses who provide jobs. I recently moved to a small town in Georgia whose mayor and city council are all dems. They have a two month waiting list to get a occupational permit to go into business. In Jacksonville Florida which is a HUGE city and run by mostly repubs, you can get your occupational permit the same day. So bottom line the dems want to prevent me from makiing money or hiring someone for two months. This mimicks the Obutthole regime

  4. If you want to see how much of a joke Obutthole is go the the political cartoons and see what they see. http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2012/05/07/98967

    • Steve Greene says:

      John, your taking to increasingly juvenile word choices in your comments is not very becoming of you and not appreciated.

      • I find it highly amusing that libs are so sensitive when a conservative criticizes one of their own, but just review the outrageous name calling and hate speech towards conservatives by libs

  5. Well then I retract them and apologize. That being said I have zero respect for the president and his policies and I am not racist here.

  6. Mike in Chapel Hill says:

    I am not offended by calling people names, including politicians. But it is hard to take any of your points seriously when you larder them with 7th grade name-calling. How anyone chooses to label Obama has no bearing at all on the validity of any praise or criticism of his policies.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: