April 13th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Democrats put faith front-and-center on the campaign trail

Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?
Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?

(CNN) - Which Democrat is winning the battle for religious voters? God only knows.

So far this year, Hillary Clinton has maintained an edge among Roman Catholics, many of them the Hispanic and working-class white voters who have been among the most loyal members of her base.

Thanks in large part to that support, many surveys had also given her a slight edge over Barack Obama among white Democratic voters who attended church of any kind regularly.

But in exit polls, the category of regular church-goers - those who attend services at least once a month or more - were more likely to choose Obama. That category in many states was dominated by African-Americans, who have overwhelmingly backed the Illinois senator's candidacy.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    I am Roman Catholic and I love Obamaman. I don't think religions
    like lies. It is a sin to tell a lie. Hillary has not been to church since
    Easter, when she had to go for publicity reasons.

    April 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Herman LA, CA

    Here is my faith, For God so loved the world, that He gave us Barack Obama, that so whoever believes in Barack shall not be bitter, but have lower gas prices, lower food prices, affordable healthcare, better education for our children, better teachers, fair civil liberty’s, better foreign policies, better energy resources, less dependent on foreign oil, and to clean up George Walker Bush Jr. mess that he will leave in the white house.

    Obama 08!!!

    April 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    I don't know about anyone elses religeon but mine tells me that God is Love and Truth not falsehood and hate.

    So, in light of what Barack Obama has been subjected to in his church, I'm voting for Hillary's take on religeon.

    April 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Mike

    As a conservative Christian, ( who also lives in a small town and owns guns). I am not fooled by Hillary who makes a show of showing up at Church a couple of times a year. Her actions and life clearly show that she does not have Christian values and morals. Even her Charity contributions while larger than Obamas, were given to secular social foundations run by wealthy Hillary supporters. Obama on the other hand attends Church weekly. His Charity contributions were to his Christian Church. I am voteing for Obama not for his religious beliefs but rather to break the destructive cycle of two decades of Clinton / Bush mis management. And yes! This Clinton / Bush mess of the last twenty years has caused me some bitterness. Thank GOD my happiness does not rest in the actions of my Government.

    April 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. P. McKinnley

    . . .This is a trap, Senator Obama. Nothing more than Campbell Brown
    baiting you into the Rev. Wright nonsense again. However, I'm sure
    that you will eloquently debunk Hillary's diatribe as always. While you're
    at it, Make sure that you put her in her place about the "bitterness" lie
    also. I love it when you pummel her in public and calmly make her eat her words(lies). By the way, what happened to the separation of church and state?

    April 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Maria

    I am so sick of being put into categories. I am white, female, 50 years old grew up in a blue collar town (father worked on the railroad) I am Catholic, (regular church goer), pro life and a proud Obama supporter.
    I support him because he stood up against this immoral war, understands economic injustice and tells the truth.

    April 13, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. John Smith

    Just look at what is going on now among the democrats, thanks to Hillary and her blind supporters; it is disgusting, and I feel "bitter about it".
    Anyone who votes for a Clinton does not love this country, period!

    Next, for Hillary supporters who may be uneducated and do not know how to express "feelings", here are more words for "bitter" that you can add to your vocab
    1. resentful
    2. angry
    3. cynical
    4. hostile
    5. feeling cheated (as Hillary does towards Monica)
    6. hot
    7. strong feelings

    April 13, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Steve

    When Obama's or his Campaign says something wrong and there has been many, everybody finds a way to blame McCain or Clinton or say they were liying.
    When McCain or Cliton say something wrong they Generally stand to there mistake, not say I didn't see the to mailers that went out in TEXAS-OHIO, GIVE 3 different answers on the rev , Lie about Father,Lie about where he get's his money from Oil & Lobyist's AND HOW ABOUT THOSE TWO ADVISORS ON NAFTA – IRAG saying one thing and Obama saying something .
    YOU OBAMARITEA'S CALL THAT HONESTY How could anyone look up to him to Pres. We don't need 4 more yrs. of LIes
    What really discust me is Lying about his Father

    April 13, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Slowpoke

    Before it comes up: Barack Obama is NOT Muslim.

    He is Christian.

    The talk about anything other comes from right-wing slander trying to scare people into believing he is an anti-american terrorist – which is entirely untrue, and a horribly racist thing to imply. His father was raised muslim, but later stopped practicing it – which is where Obama gets his name.

    April 13, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. MaxW

    Obama’s original question was about how people in Pennsylvania VOTE, and that Obama was talking about what makes them vote the way they do. He was talking about religion and guns as voting issues.

    April 13, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Dan J

    It will be interesting to see how Obama justifies his faith to such a controversial Church, all while almost condemning people who go to Church. He's in a bit of a catch-22, as his position will no doubt paint him into the hypocritical corner.

    April 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. betting on being blocked

    I never get posted.
    So here i go, trying again:

    In my hometown, we are drinking beer and stroking our guns in front of a Cross because we are just too angry and bitter to decide who to vote for and why.

    So we are betting that CNN will not post this- the winner will be able to eat something other than hunted game tonight-

    I would love to see this America: Where people like Rev. Wright get to preach their doctrine of hate, while their installed president, Obama, strips the people of their guns…

    An America where you are called a racist for saying that Jesse Jackson won in SC twice, but are defended as NOT being racist for ranting like Wright does. An America where "sacred?" hatred is the only acceptable freedom of speech.

    Where the government will just take care of the poor, stupid people, while the elitist intelligencia decides for you, what is best for you. As they sip their lattes and blog..blog..blog all the livelong day.

    An America that bans freedom of speech for those who disagree with Obama and decrees freedom of speech only for members of black liberation-theology churches.

    Sounds just like these blogs. Anyone who doesn't support Obama is dismissed as an ignorant idiot. Meanwhile, the truly illiterate who blog for Obama, think they are smart and educated even when they can not formulate an entire legible thought.
    here I go again:

    April 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Voter

    Obama should not presume to categorize Americans by creating a division in his speeches or sermons. He speaks about a hopeful America one time and the next his message right out of his Reverend Wright’s sermon. He cannot lead the country by creating division among all Americans.

    Americans will not be willing to take a chance on a Leader to learn on the job. This is critical time in history and no American can afford a President that will divide the country.

    April 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    CNN has become a tabloid newscast...not one comment about the continuing revelations of how the Clintons are making their money, no mention of the people who are supporting the meaning of Obama's words.

    April 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Bush just admits to authorizing torture, but Hillary is concerned about whether or not Pennsylvanians are bitter or happy about their lack of living-wage jobs??

    NOW I'M BITTER

    April 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. G.N. Penley

    Obama's faith is a lie, and Hillary Clinton has none. Anyone who believes otherwise is capable of immense self deception.

    April 13, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Ron

    Obama knows that religion is the opiate of the people so he has to keep giving them their fix because after all he knows just how bitter they are and they are all turning to religion AND guns! He's a joke – whose puppet is he???

    April 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. gary

    What a big hypocryt. He probably dont believe .Being anti is not christain.He would do anything to be elected.O.B. has all his little children's mind's twisted. After he gets your votes ,you all will sit a back seat like New Orleans did.O.B. is one big joke. GO HRC.

    April 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Gobama

    "Politics as usual": Make a big stink over bad wording and misrepresent an intelligent underlying position.

    This tact will not improve the lives of ANY American; and certainly not improve the lives and thinking level of those whose educational level is sophisticated enough to appreciate the salient point Obama made.

    Economic dislocation DOES give rise to anxiety, frustration, bitterness and polarization of BOTH family members and the nation.

    April 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Bob

    Now think hard Hillary. Did You shoot ducks or was it the Bosnian Snipers!? I can not believe that Hillary with her 109 Million Dollars of sleazy lobby money would Dare to call Obama an Elitist. Talk about strategic tranference of her guilt to him, what a lying Hypocrite. And on a humorous note. The completely clueless McCain called Obama, out of touch. Oh my God !!!
    The truth has leaked out. The person who started this whole Obama 'Bitter' controversy is a Hillary supporter who lied her way into an Obama rally with a hidden recorder. This whole thing is another contrived farce like the NAFTA garbage Hillary pulled just before the Ohio vote. More disgusting Hillary monster treachery.

    April 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Brad

    They didn't ask our church, they went to the south side for this poll. You should not just use Trinity Church for this poll for Obama , it will make him think he has won in this poll also. CNN will not post the truth about there Black racist candidate , but at least one person in IL. will make this statement. John McCain will win or maybe Hillary but never Borock Obama .

    April 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Tracy

    I for one do not have a clue what Obama believes regarding faith or religion. Anyone who can sit quietly in a pew or simply remain a member of church while the spiritual leader of the church (Rev. Wright) spews hate speak is someone I won't vote for in the fall. I don't trust Obama.

    April 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Mary - PA

    I can't wait to hear Hill's comments on faith. She really had to think to remember that she attended church on Easter. So is she an C/E Christian then?

    April 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Vig

    Here he comes again, Obamaman – what's he selling about himself this time?

    April 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Cre

    If Hillary can answer a question I would be pleased. Angels on a pin, irrelevance, and laughter is what we get. If my husband recieved $800K that would be my income also. But in her case it doesn't?? Maybe she needs to get her own house in order before appealing for managing the White House.

    April 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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