November 4th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
9 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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  1. Mike

    Evangelical or Christian Fundamental? It is time to start calling real names....

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. endub

    Everybody votes selfishly, Abul...everybody.
    You say that evangelicals shouldn't vote based on what is important to them? You think they should vote based on what you think?
    That's idiotic. Any other person could say that to you and YOU wouldn't accept it.
    I don't care what side you're on...if you don't think about what you write before you write it, you should keep your mouth shut.

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. june61992

    count me in as one of the 28 percent of evangelicals who voted for Obama . And I am proud of it.

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

    Do you think it is possible these folks took some wisdom pills over the last four years?

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Ryan


    You need to think about how you word things. People are entitled to their beliefs, and maybe some things are more important to them. Who are you to tell them to not go on their own agenda. Hell, by saying that you are promoting your own agenda.

    Fact is, you figure out what issues are important to you, and you vote based on those. Not based on others views. That is how it should be done. Don't let others influence what is important to you.

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Lie Destroyer

    Evangelicals are sheep @ 72%? Hmmm what does that make the 94% of blacks, 90%+ of journalists, 85% of academia, and 76%+ of trial lawyers?

    Baaaaa says the pot to the kettle.

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    Guess the Palin gamble didn't pay off, after all.

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Kait

    I can't wait until Obama instills the "12 Visions" (google it if ya don't know it, I highly doubt American's will be into mind-reading, magical "secret societies"- thank god for democracy!) concept into our society, we'll all wear plaid and stand in line with food stamps blissed out on our subconscious ability to be brain washed.

    SO exciting! 😉

    November 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. David, Silver Spring, MD

    It's sad to think that evangelicals is a key group. Folks need to vote for the good of the country, knowing that this is a nation of laws. Voting according to one's religion is not putting "country first."

    November 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Chip

    The quest for power, for some, is like a drug. When addicted they'll do anything and rationalize anything just to get it.

    November 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Jason

    The only issue for them is abortion no matter what. The GOP uses them as they see fit and ignores them till elections. Abortion is wrong but shouldn't they go after the cause rather than the effect. Sort of like when you spray for weeds get to the roots or it won't die.

    November 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Think Again

    Maybe they ARE thinking of their country....or on second thought maybe they've been caught up in emotional hero worship, cult of personality, or childish emotional outlashing at the very party that fought to regulate Fanny/Freddie, is committed to WINNING the war and returning with honor (likely many will have to look that word up), and understands the elementary effect that high taxes have on a weak economy.

    Naaa, your right they ARE thinking.

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. what the @$#*

    hopefully they vote for eveyone and not just bible readers

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. ChicagoSuz

    This blows my mind! Are they voting for Obama or just staying home?

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Patty Ann

    How Christian are Palin's attacks–known lies that Obama is a muslim, a terrorist, a socialist?

    Would Jesus really endorse Palin's hateful rallies?? Would he really be there while people propose killing her opponent, or call him racist names???

    Frankly, wouldn't Jesus be on the side of the poor, the disenfranchised, the people who need health care. Read up on it–he was the one railing against the system of the greedy over the poor.

    How can "evangelicals" support Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Palin, et al??

    Unnecessary war, torture, corporations that give McCain surrogates like Carli Fiorino $21+ million for being fired –while workers are layed off, utter disregard for the environment God made??

    How is all of this Christian???? McCain was at Bush's side for all of it. How is this Christian?? How is Palin being one to inspire the evangelicals??

    Hmmm, must be a different God they worship - my Bible is one of love, charity, humility and peace. Maybe I missed the hawkish, caste system based, liar endorsing version. Know where I can get a copy??

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Thomas Tolin

    Can anyone tell me how Bill Clinton left our country with a surplus and the first thing Bush did was to give it to the rich. I don,t know about you but when I got laid off, I ain,t seen a rich man call me to see how to pay my bills

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Louis and Jean-Marie in New Orleans

    The drop in percentage of evangelicals is noteworthy, but more important is the number of evangelicals that voted. Less or more than 4 years ago?

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Rice and Beans

    People-be nice. Stop attacking one another because of religious, political, or social affiliation. Calling each other morons, or idiots is 2nd grade behavior. We warn our children not to behave this way and look at us. Let's just hope that whoever wins, our country will be saved. Regardless of who wins the economy needs fixing and if Obama wins, he won't 'redistribute' wealth to black people.

    November 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. rcasteel


    I might point out that McCain's 72% is not less than Obamas 28%.

    I think you have been reading Obamas economics book too much

    November 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Think Again

    Hey jaggoff first amendment busting CNN pillow-biters – you are fascists libs. Publish some non-koolaid-drinking comments.

    November 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. JC

    wow. not surprised at all. mccain, mississippi, evangelicals, klansmen...

    November 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. PIYUSH

    Praise the Lord

    November 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. G. Opack

    Nothing evangelicals believe makes any sense. If you write an article about the influence evangelicals have on American politics, you can use the exact same article just cross out America and evangelical and substitute Iraq and radical Muslim. The same fearmongering intolerance because other people have a different belief.
    Hopefully, we will have a more mainstream president and congress and we can return to sanity.

    November 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. lets go mccain

    lets go mccain obama has nothing, and everyone voting for him is crazy and they believe anything they hear from him. obama is wrong he has no experience and will lead this county down the wrong path and will bring more terrorism to our country, obama is just wrong for our country. use your brain vote mccain.

    November 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Obama does seem to be more religious than McCain. He just doesn't use abortion as a wedge issue but rather talked about community and stuff. I think the smaller percentage is because Obama could relate to them better AND because McCain did not appeal to them.

    November 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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