November 4th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: McCain underperforming in key group?

From CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

(CNN) - John McCain appears to be underperforming among a key demographic for Republicans.

According to exit polls, McCain is winning 72 percent of evangelical voters. Although that is a wide margin, it's 6 points less than the 78 percent President Bush won in 2004.

Our exit polls show that McCain did win among evangelicals in all 50 states, with his biggest margin coming in Mississippi and his smallest margin in Minnesota.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Abul

    This evangelical people need to think about the issues that matters to all american then thier own religious agenda.

    November 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Election watcher

    Hallejuhah to tha!! Lol.

    November 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Part of this reason might be evangelical blacks who would odds are vote more for Obama this election

    November 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Louis

    Well Palin did say that the elections is in God's hands–I guess God likes Obama better.

    November 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Mike

    Maybe he couldn't pull-off the "blue-nosed Bible-thumping moron" act as convincingly as "Duhhhbya" could.

    November 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. John in OH

    i'm an evangelical and i vote for obama. i guess that means i'm godless.

    November 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. The Last NY republican

    Perhaps they ARE thinking of the issues that matter most to this glorious nation! Country First!

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Concerned American

    The other thing that is very important about this is likely that the Evangelical vote as a percentage of the overall vote has dropped. The very large turnout bodes well for Democrats everywhere...and I have heard on CNN that 1 in 10 of the current voters are "new, first-time" voters. These are the people that the polls missed because they do not come under "likely" voters. I expect that this is going to be a very large Democratic win from Obama on down...

    Mc Cain is under-performing in traditionally Republican groups, he is tied to a very unpopular Republican president and the turnout is unprecedented in some states and precincts. I am very grateful that we have finally awakened.

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. TRASH


    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Dan

    The percentage is important, of course, but of more importance is in what percentage they voted. If all but 100 stayed home, for example, it wouldn't matter whether 72, 78, or 100 percent voted for McCain.

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. sandee in Portland

    Geez, even picking the most radical of evangelicals as his running mate didn't get him the same percentage of that group as Bush.

    November 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. truman

    Praise the Lord!

    November 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Dave

    Yeah, and gays need to vote about more than their sex life, hippies need to vote about more than war, and old people need to vote about more than social security. Apply your standard across the board numbnuts.

    November 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. John Cullen

    This will be a referendum on (1) if the American people have brains and vote for Obama and (2) how far will the crooked republicans go to sabotage the elections in favor of the aristocracy in this country. Yes we do have an aristocracy, and we haven't had a legit govt the past 8 years since Bush wasn't legally elected either time.

    November 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. One Vote

    Abul, voting in elections is all ABOUT our personal agendas. I have one vote and I can use it for my agenda, if you're going to call it that. Clearly McCain isn't generating much excitement for anyone's agenda.

    November 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    I guess the gamble on Caribou Barbie isn't paying off as much as the Old Man had hoped it would.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Dave

    Liberals are so full of hatred and childishness. Explains the 60's I guess.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Jacob

    Not to turn this into a religious issue. However. The pro-life agenda of the Republicans is a contradiction of their own objective, which is to keep government out of our lives. But they have to side with someone, and John McCain is just the man for the job. His presidency was over before it began, its in god's hands now.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. dev

    Marriage protection, Infant baby killing in womb, Infant killing after birth (Born Alive Infant Protection Act in IL state by Obama), same sex marriage, tax increase – those don't matter to you?
    Answer your conscience.
    Or tell me what matters to you, just money, money and money.
    what about morals, ethics, good and bad.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Cocks N. Balls


    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Tat

    Not vote and let Obama win or vote for McCain and be called a racist the rest of yor life.

    Tough choice for these evangelical folks.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Ryan Gagnon

    I think that evangelicals are right in the fact that they vote according to their consciences.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Dan the Man

    Yeah! That makes sense, Abul. Throw out your religious beliefs for an election and vote for whoever . . . regardless of how their actions in office will agree with what you believe in. Forget that this nation was built on 'One Nation Under God' and make sure everyone 'feels good'.
    That is why this country is in the mess it is in. Stand for what everyone else does not what you believe in your heart. Follow the lemmings thing. If everyone jumps off a bridge go jump with them.
    I personally will stand firm in my beliefs FIRST as God, not you, will judge me one day for what I supported. And that is what counts.

    November 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Dave

    I'm a hippie loser welfare case and I voted for McCain.

    November 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Tubby The Tuba

    No surprise. Remember what the "religious nuts" did to mankind in the earlier centuries. They are no different today.

    November 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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