January 26th, 2008
07:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Church goers favored Obama

(CNN) - Barack Obama made reaching religious voters a major part of his South Carolina campaign. That decision seems to have paid off at the polls: among those who attend church regularly – monthly, weekly, or even more often – he captured greater support than Hillary Clinton and John Edwards combined, according to CNN exit polls.

He also won - but by a much smaller margin - among those who rarely attend church, or do not attend church at all.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Veronica

    Zach: Stunning the world is not a way to cool tensions. I am deeply offended by your "Hitlery" comment. Has she sent anyone to the gas chamber? Don't trivialize such a monster as Hitler. For shame!!

    January 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. pam

    whoever says that Hillary will swipe the map on Super Tuesday is clearly living in another world. I wouldnt bet on it,.....and if anybody out there has money bet on it,...i strongly urge you to rethink your decision unless you want to lose every little cent of it.....lol.
    Go Obama Go

    January 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Beth

    I agree whoa, but they wont talk about that in the media..

    January 26, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Terri Patanus

    A vote for Obama is a Replubican vote, think about it he is not a winable candidate (I have no intentions of voting for him) if he is the only choice Therefor a reblubican will win. But then again SC is irrevelent.

    January 26, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. eddie

    300 millions of americans voting for two dynasties bush/clinton for more than 28 years!!!!!!!!

    Open your eyes people, we can be better than that!

    Please, you Hillary Supporters here, why do you support the Clintons when Bill Clinton approved NAFTA and Consolitation of the Media????? Bush could not have to go war without the Media, do you get it?!?

    January 26, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. magda

    whoa and kim are right...this is his lat hoorah...is anyone surprised he won a "black state"? we all knew this was going to be the result tonight...

    not only do whites (75%) prefer clinton but so do hispanic (2 to 1, if not more) voters...that with 15-20% black vote means vicctory for her...plus she won the same number of delegates that he did (that was her strategy)...

    January 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |



    January 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. stan pitts pa

    oh kim you underestimate the intelligence of the American people, they want to get things done in washington and they know the republicans wont work hrc! we need a uniter! obama!

    January 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Anti Clintons

    Kim, Hiltery left because she is a loser and Bill didn't help her at all, don't count your chicks till they all hatch.

    Obama will kick Hitlery's big butt again, and again!

    Obama 08!

    January 26, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Bob

    I wouldn't be too sure, Kim. Obama has the most crossover appeal of any Democratic candidate in my memory. I am a pro-life white christian male who really thinks that Obama represents a future for our country that I can believe in. I went into this race preferring the Democrats, and trying to keep an open mind between them, but man, Bill and Hillary have turned me off.

    I'm looking for what is best for our whole country, not just the half I sympathize with. I don't think Clinton and Hillary fit that bill. Bush made half the country feel ashamed to call themselves Americans at times. I think Hillary might do the same for more than just Republicans.

    January 26, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Jane in Illinois

    The only candidate the Democrats have that will unite the GOP and bring the Republicans back to life is Hillary. Obama can put all of the red states in play because his appeal is to the greater good. It's not just about him,,,it's about us!

    January 26, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. TruthSeeker, Brooklyn, NY

    Actually, "whoa", you're wrong. You should check the CNN exit poll numbers... However, beyond all that, what's the benefit of us continuing to divide along racial lines? Aren't we all Americans?

    January 26, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. mjc

    Though the Clinton campaign and other commentators will attempt to shrug off SC by saying it was "just" because of the black vote, it was important for the Democratic Party that the vote in SC *not* be racially polarized– that some significant fraction of white voters vote for Obama, and some fraction of black voters for Clinton/Edwards. The exit polls are showing that Obama not only swept the black vote but won at least a quarter of the votes of white Democrats in SC, including a plurality of all young voters.

    Like the results in IA, NH and NV bodes well for the Obama campaign moving ahead and the Democratic Party in general– his share of the vote is not based on any one constituency; rather his campaign appeals across constituencies, including some outside the Democratic Party.

    January 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Roz


    January 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Colorless

    Surely, there is a coupple in this election who would like to win the election by deviding whites vs blacks, blacks vs latino etc. etc. They will do anything to go back to the white house and mess our families again. As a white guy who was for John, am now a full commited O'Bama supporter. Didn't vote for him in SC due to race propaganda, but will now repay by loading contribution in his www and joining his campaign in Georgia.

    January 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. Tlc

    Actually "Captain America" you are wrong as well. More Democrats voted in this primary than Republicans did in theirs. It is more than possible for a Democrat to win SC in the general.

    January 26, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Frank

    Obama really wiped the floor with Hillary tonight in just about every demographic breakdown, and he defied expectations among the white vote despite a strong showing by Edwards in his home state.

    It's now looking like Obama will win a majority of states on Super Tuesday. The main question is whether he'll draw close enough in New York and California (maybe even pull off a win there) to beat Hillary on delegates.

    January 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Gane, Canada

    Dear Americans,

    We in Canada think that you really have lost your touch of reality.

    We are concerned because you are your Big brother and is important what happens with him.

    We still could not understand what do you have against Clintons; you had so good during the 90s. Surplus, no unemployment, international reputation, full pockets. The black people forgot the special attention from Clintons; maybe because of them now you even can have a black man running.

    Than , YOU elected Bush /likable guy/; twice! Now – depths, thousand of death young people /for what? /, internationally everybody hates you, lost houses,empty pockets??!! And you are angry- to whom?

    What is wrong with you guy?

    You are too deep into... and you are drugging us there to.

    You do not have the luxury to follow a talker /he is god at it/ who obviously also serves the big money. /I wonder , where he has got $60-70 000 000 to run; who has is?/

    The reality is: We still have not hear anything that suggests how Mr.Obama even will approach the problems , forget about achieving them. Why do you expect that miraculously, with nice words everything will be O.K.?

    We are very , very concern; 4 more years of uncertainty,? China is not sleeping. They are running forward full steam.

    Or maybe is time , unfortunately, American empire to decline!!??

    January 27, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  19. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    Tlc,, I would 'nt go claiming victory in SC as more than possible just yet ,, Remember florida ? Whoa and truthseeker check your history books and see which party stood in the way of equal right amendments of the 60's. It baffles me to read or hear the democrats even discuss racial divide

    January 27, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. Mark Kleiman

    January 26, 2008 7:22 pm ET

    "Whoa" wrote:

    ps clinton got a higher percentage of black voters than obama got white voters. doesnt anybody understand the significance of that moving foward?

    Pause for a reality check:

    Obama got 24% of the white vote.
    Clinton got 17% of the black vote.

    The "significance of that moving forward" is that Obama won, and won big.

    January 27, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. shawn

    No Kim, the Clinton's won't sweep the map. I think the old ways of politics ie. Clinton' s and Bush Style feels the ground moving around them. That movement is gaining steem and will really change the way this country governs. The last time this happen was in 1980. If you don't think Reagan made politics different look at the 1984 election map. 49 states. This is somthing that the Clinton's will never be able to do.

    January 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. joy

    Obama has put South Carolina back in play for the Democrats. He got more votes than the top two Republican primary candidates combined.

    January 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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