Poll: Very religious voters pick Romney
April 25th, 2012
10:50 AM ET
2 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    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.
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    Religion is voluntary and does jail people for non-compliance with their dictates.

    The federal government demands compliance and jails you to get compliance. Well, except if you are an illegal alien in the US. Then our laws do not apply to you, except those giving your free government benefits that we all pay for.

    April 25, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Prosperid

    "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."

    Wow. The Gallup poll surveys Repugs on a daily basis. Dull, this is their media target. Remember all the crying from the republican supporters about the CNN poll...."where's the Gallup? Where's the Rasmussen?" We all know those to are your favorite bias polls.

    April 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only one category he can beat Obama

    April 25, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. cnelson

    religious people can be the worst, they really don't practice what they preach

    April 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. AngryBob

    One thing the Mormon faith has in common with most protestant religions is that it actively discourages independent thought. If you don't buy into their dogma 100% you are marginalized, even by your own family. People who have a hard time thinking for themselves become strongly religious. Then there are those, like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Joel Osteen, Jim Bakker, and Mitt Romney who exploit the intellectually weak and emotionally vulnerable.

    Ask yourself this, why is it virtually every Mormon Bishop is a millionaire? Why is it that Bishops contribute more money to the Mormon church than the rest of the congregation combined? Why is it average Mormons are marginalized from the church?

    April 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    I'm really not surprised at this news. The problem with the "very religious" is that they have chosen it to direct their daily lives. Most GOP sheeple are looking for exactly that. Someone to tell them how to act, what to do, whom to worship and whom to vote for. Need I say more..?

    April 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. sonny chapman

    "False Christian" ? READ the WORDS of Jesus in the Four Gospels & see if you qualify.

    April 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "More proof that Obama is finished! This is a Christian nation with the majority being religious."

    I guess you missed the part about Obama having a massive lead among the 59% of those surveyed who were not categorized as "very religious."

    BTW, (1) nobody is forcing churches to buy condoms for employees....there were plenty of exceptions made for truly religious organizations, (2) the military was "infested" with gays to begin with...you just felt you needed them to stay hidden so you could pretend they weren't there, (3) the "gay agenda" is simply to be treated fairly, equally and like every other American and (4) I will be bathing in gleeful schadenfruede when Obama spanks Deputy Doublethink, particularly at the mindless rage and despair it invokes in delusional right wing nutjobs like you.

    April 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. robertopp

    If the Republican Party nominated a cabbage as their candidate for any House or Senate seat or for the Presidency, "very religious voters" will vote for it. It is a case of like voting for like.

    April 25, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Libs Are A Disease says: "More proof that Obama is finished! This is a Christian nation with the majority being religious. Obama attacking freedom of religion by forcing churches to buy condoms for their employees and pushing the gay agenda, infesting our military with gays has completely ruined his chances. Now nobody will vote for Obama except atheists and false Christians."
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    Meanwhile, the rest of the world realizes that gay people aren't infesting the military, they're serving their country there.

    April 25, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "More proof that Obama is finished! This is a Christian nation with the majority being religious."

    Did you miss the part where Deputy Doublethink only has a lead among the 41% categorizsed as "very religious" and Obama is spanking him among the 59% that were categorized otherwise? Hint: 59 > 41. Look it up.

    April 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Gregg

    This is classic. The Conservative Chritians have always defined Mormonism as a "Cult". But when he is the repulican nominee, all of a sudden they re-define mormons as Christians???
    They will do anything to try to beat Obama.Heck if satin was the republican nonimee, they would find a way to justify that.

    What a sham. This just proves that Christianity in the US is simply a political group, nothing more.

    April 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. J

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    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.
    =================================================================
    Religion is voluntary and does jail people for non-compliance with their dictates.

    The federal government demands compliance and jails you to get compliance. Well, except if you are an illegal alien in the US. Then our laws do not apply to you, except those giving your free government benefits that we all pay for.

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

    Religion is NOT voluntary if someone in power bases laws that affect you on THEIR religious beliefs.

    April 25, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Newmoon2

    @Libs are a blahlbahblah- Did you even bother to read the poll results? The only group that supported Romney over Obama was at BEST 41% of the total population of the survey... and in the remaining 49%, Romney loses by HUGE margins. You don't understand math very well, do you...

    April 25, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. BLKMANinAmerica

    Good, but keep in mind they ("religious people") can be LIERS like everyone else.................so WHAT?

    April 25, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Felicia

    Thought I heard Obama say that religion should not be a topic.I happened to catch the Carol Costellos show where they interviewed people from Mitt Romany"s church. With that said,I'm sure we will also see interviews from members of Rev Wrights church where Obama attended for years,right?Sounds fair to me .Let me end this by saying I'm a democrat, but I believe in fairness.Looking forward to viewing the other side.

    April 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. liz

    and very smart voters don't.

    April 25, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. s.s

    I can assure you hell is waiting for every pretender out there!

    April 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Newmoon2

    @Libs are a blahlbahblah- Did you even bother to read the poll results? The only group that supported Romney over Obama was at BEST 41% of the total population of the survey... and in the remaining 49%, Romney loses by HUGE margins. You don't understand math very well, do you...
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    Egads, You don't understand math very well, do you. Percentages are meaningless unless you know the group size! Would you rather have 100% of a group of ten people or 1% of a group of a hundred million people?!! Another example of the failure of our liberal union run school systems.

    April 25, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. souptwins

    Angry Bob- You really should do a bit more research when you spout off about Mormon bishops. First there are tens of thousands of them worldwide at any given time and they change about every 5 years so that adds up to A LOT of them over time. In my life, I've NEVER known a single millionaire Mormon bishop. They come from literally all walks of life and even a variety of political persuasions. Perhaps you should look up the local ward in your area and attend the services next Sunday. You can see who the bishop is and ask his profession. I have no idea where you live or what you'll find but there's about a 1% chance he'll be a millionaire- just like the population at large.

    April 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. s.s

    Fakers should replace " IN GOD WE TRUST" with "IN DOLLARS WE TRUST TO BUY DEMOCRACY"! and be in the news!

    April 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    J – Religion is NOT voluntary if someone in power bases laws that affect you on THEIR religious beliefs.
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    You mean like the religion of socialism or communism???

    April 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. souptwins

    Gregg- yes satin is a nice fabric to use for pillow shams. I like the way it stays cool and soft. Hahaha

    April 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Pam from Iowa

    and that is important because of ??????
    (By deeply religious, do you mean all the lunatics out there???)

    April 25, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
    Blessed are you who hunger now,
    for you will be satisfied….
    But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have already received your comfort.
    Woe to you who are well fed now,
    for you will go hungry.
    Woe to you who laugh now,
    for you will mourn and weep
    (Luke 6:20,21,24,25).

    April 25, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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