Poll: Very religious voters pick Romney
April 25th, 2012
10:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Very religious voters pick Romney

(CNN) - Mitt Romney leads likely general election rival President Barack Obama among very religious voters, according to a recent survey.

The Gallup daily tracking poll released Wednesday showed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee beating Obama by 17 percentage points, 54% to 37%, among the most religious voters. Obama led Romney among moderately religious voters, 54% to 40%, and by 31 percentage points among nonreligious voters, 61% to 30%.

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The poll classified very religious individuals as those who attended a church, synagogue or mosque at least every week or almost every week, a group that made up 41% of the registered voters questioned. The moderately religious category made up 27% of registered voters questioned. Nonreligious voters, for whom religion was not an important part of daily life and seldom or never attended religious services, made up 32% of those questioned by Gallup.

Obama is a Protestant Christian and Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite Obama's religion, Protestants supported Romney over Obama by a five-point margin. Obama received the top spot among Catholics by six percentage points and held a substantial lead among Americans with no formal religious identity.

For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys registered Republican voters on a daily basis, and the poll drops the oldest of five days each day and adds results from the most recent day of polling.

The most recent Gallup survey included interviews of 2,157 registered voters between April 19 and April 23 with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Bill

    We are not electing a pope, we are electing a president.

    April 25, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think very religious people like Mittens' non stop lies. He seems to have captured the war on women group.

    April 25, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "Despite Obama's religion, Protestants supported Romney over Obama by a five-point margin"

    Talk to a Baptist on any given day about LDS, and you'll hear a lot about false prophets and sacrilegious beliefs. Funny how the opinion changes when it comes to voting for a white LDS guy over a black Protestant guy.

    April 25, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. stanton

    we don't need or want any Republican in or near the White House ever!!!!!

    April 25, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. PaulCat

    There's something to say about these "very religious" people if they vote for a cult.

    April 25, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Sniffit

    So, if you do the math, the real story is that among a 41% minority of voters as classified by their religiosity, Deputy Doublethink has a moderate lead over Obama, BUT among a 59% majority of voters as classified by their religiosity, Obama is spanking Deputy Doublethink. Clearly, it makes complete sense that the article would focus on the former and that the headline should be all about that, because hey, Deptuy Doublethink needs all the help he can get and if he's not properly propped up, we won't have ourselves a horse race to sensationalize.

    April 25, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. rs

    This is the unholy marriage Reagan arranged when he told Southern Baptists that Republicans were their kind of people. He was lying- and in the end both the GOP, and the various religions courted were both hurt. Please explain how any religion, or religious person can support the GOP, or Romney. The GOP worships the rich, actively works to make the lives of the poor, the sick, and the elderly worse; they would deny education to children; they stand AGAINST civil rights, and equal pay; they don't believe women should control their own bodies and more. Worse they are the most blatant liars on the planet ("you can't take a U.S. History course in the UC system).
    HOW CHRISTIAN IS THAT?

    April 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. M.T.

    Poor title for this article! I'm a very religious voter (Buddhist) and I'm not voting for Romney. Religion isn't the sole property of the right.

    April 25, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Mitt Romney leads likely general election rival President Barack Obama among very religious voters, according to a recent survey."

    Not quite sure what Gallup considers the term "very religious" actually represents, but judging from the comments of those who profess to be "very religious" it's been evident since 2008 that they aren't Obama supporters.

    April 25, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. darl

    Of Coarse! Evangelicals "Shoot themselves in the foot every time! All they want is "No Womens Choice in any part of their personal health issues?? If women vote republican, there only the ones, who have,nt a "Clue" about Politics!!! Dumb, is a better word??

    April 25, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "He seems to have captured the war on women group."

    Not to mention the Civil War group.

    April 25, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. betterdays

    And people whose "religion" is government go for Obama, four to one.

    April 25, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Woman In California

    I agree with you PaulCat. It just confirms what we knew all along and that is racism STILL exists.

    April 25, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. mario

    no bishop in the oval office, thanks

    April 25, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Name James

    This shows why god said my people worship me in sprit &truth 2peter2ch the sprit of truth teaches us there were also false prophets among the people just as there false teacher among you.they will secretly introduce destructive heresies even denying the sovereign lord who bought them

    April 25, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Grahame Rhodes

    The worst mistake Romney has made is denying his own church by declaring himself Christian

    April 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    Attention Christians: How does Jesus Christ define his followers? "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" John 13,35. Only love those who love you ? "If you love only those who love you, what recompense will you have". Matthew 5,46.

    April 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Larry

    "Despite Obama's religion, Protestants supported Romney over Obama by a five-point margin"

    Further analysis showed of those claiming to be christian and prefering a cult over a christian, 100% were white baptists.

    April 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Conservatives claim they don't want big government in their lives.
    The majority of Americans do not want big religion dictating their lives even less so.

    April 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Linda

    Most so call "very" religious people are nuts or the biggest hypocrites on earth. Joel Osteen is selling Jesus down the river just to help his rich buddy Romney get votes by trying to convince people that Romney's Mormon beliefs are Christian beliefs. That’s a lie which makes Joel Osteen a lie and not a Christian either, just a money grabbing lecturer. If Christian did their research they would know that Mormons have a completely different view than what the Bible teaches. Romney follows the book of Mormons a book written in 1800 America by a man who made himself a prophet and has distorted the Word in the Bible in a blasphemes way. Romney believes when he dies he will be a God and have his own planet and that there is no hell all souls included the most wicked go to some heaven but he himself will be in the highest heaven and that Satan & Jesus are brothers. Where in the Bible does it say this and does Joel Osteen believe this too? Olsteen & Romney neither are Christian and are misleading people for hopeful political gains. Osteen the Bible speaks of people like you, calm and nice but deceiving. So called most religious especially in the south are the biggest hypocrites.

    April 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. s.s

    Sonny Chapman how do you define love?

    April 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    When are they going to do a poll on who all the people on the government dole support and who people that actually pay federal income taxes support??? When are they going to take a poll on who illegal aliens support?

    April 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. FLIndependent

    How can you be very religious and support someone that supports the Ryan Plan that will gut programs for the middle class and the poo? Even the Catholic Church came out against the Ryan Plan, but I wonder if the priests will talk about that in their sermons like they did the "attack against their religious freedom". It is really so obvious that what people hear week after week at their church has a huge impact of who they will vote for and that IS NOT a separation of church and state unfortunately.

    April 25, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. s.s

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth"
    When are they going to do a poll on who all the people on the government dole support and who people that actually pay federal income taxes support??? When are they going to take a poll on who illegal aliens support?" when tinfoil turn to cell phones!

    April 25, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. bethjoyce

    Is this any surprise? Religious voters have always been very conservative.

    April 25, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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