Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident
October 4th, 2012
02:53 PM ET
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Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident

Washington (CNN) - A survey released Thursday shows striking racial and religious divides over the role of religion in presidential politics.

More black and Hispanic millennials – ages 18 to 25 – said that it was important that a presidential candidate hold religious beliefs than white millennials, according to survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

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  1. Squigman

    The debates have only started. Why would anyone believe that just because Mitt, came out the better in the first, that the momentum will carry into the next two. And even if they do, who believes the statistics Romney, pulled from the air. He's desperate for the job, and will say anything to gain entry to the oval office.

    October 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Rodger Weispfenning

    I would like to send in my opinion of the Presidential debate on Wednesday night. Obama didn't come off very smart or'
    Presidantial. He wasn't well prepared as though that were a surprise, he never is prepared except to spout the party
    forever which is not to my liking. Romney was fully prepared to give his side of the things that America cares about very strongly and that is getting the economy back on track and keeping the taxes off the middle class. Romney clearly the debate on content and everything else that was discussed. GO ROMNEY.

    October 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Well blacks and hispanics are going to just have to put their religious beliefs to the side so that the leftist Democrats can achieve their agenda of removing religion and any reference to it or God from all aspects of our life. Obamacare tramples on religious beliefs placing the demands of the federal government first. It is only the beginning.

    October 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. gt

    some choose how they want to believe .... ...its not a buffet....its your teaching of your church...not a politican who will lie and do anything to get elected...you cant ck your beliefs before you walk in the voteing booth..

    October 4, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. it must be said

    it ain't often you see a young black guy get beat up that bad by an old white guy. i think romney was channeling clint eastwood.

    October 4, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    No need to reveal Obama's education records now. They were exposed last night.

    October 4, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Borderless

    Squigman,
    Because Biden is doing the next debate. Momentum continues to be on Romney's side. Not looking good for Obama.

    October 4, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. rosco

    Saw this comming Obambam gets whooped, time to play the race card. Face it cnn it just kills ya that Mr Romney is will be better at running the country that the big O ever could be

    October 4, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    It is easy to spout out numbers that were memorized with no idea what it means or stands for. Romney Lied throughout the Debate. He has spent 6+ years prepping for the Oval Office and still needs to lie. Why? Is he for "choice"? As he was in Mass when he ran for Gov. or is he now against it just so that he can fool his parties voters once again.Which Romney is the true Romney? Why did he not serve in the Armed Forces? How can any Voter trust what Romney says when he switches position with the wind. ( Flip Flop)

    October 4, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Havildar

    It is easy to spout out numbers that were memorized with no idea what it means or stands for. Romney Lied throughout the Debate. He has spent 6+ years prepping for the Oval Office and still needs to lie. Why? Is he for "choice"? As he was in Mass when he ran for Gov. or is he now against it just so that he can fool his parties voters once again.Which Romney is the true Romney? Why did he not serve in the Armed Forces? How can any Voter trust what Romney says when he switches position with the wind. ( Flip Flop)

    October 4, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. An objective observer

    Agree Romney was better last night .... he has been preparing for two months even yesterday he was still preparing with one campaign schedule..... Obama was campaigning up until yesterday little preparation ... flew in hours before the debate.. not an excuse .. but a lesson thought that ... be on the ground before an important event... Still believe in Obama.. He is still for the middle class... Romney was saying what he wanted people to hear... he does not even believe in what he is saying... Imagine No Tax Cuts for the top 2-3% .. and would cut spending to PBS.. that was a good jab for Jim Lehar... Phony as a "three Dollar bill"

    October 4, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Howard

    TO ALL YOU OBAMA STOOGES ... Your blind devotion to 'Dear Leader' ... your Fuhrer, is touching ... but it's time for you to leave the Obama cult. Defending Obama, who lost, and who can't loose like a good sport, just makes you ALL look like sore loosers. Obama was given a chance ... and, in the past 4 years, he has nearly destroyed America. NOW, it's time for Barack and Michelle to abdicate their throne, so Mitt Romney can begin repairing the excessive damage caused by Obama's terrible policies. Good bye Barack, Michelle, Nancy, Harry, Jarret, and Axelrod, and all the unelected czars ... and, GOOD RIDDANCE TO YOU ALL ... I'm sure you all will find another way to pick the pockets of hard working Americans !!!

    October 4, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Teatroll

    Obama only comes off good when he is a recording repeating the same "tested" talking point time and time again.

    October 4, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Pete

    It's hard to be "up"against a pathelogical liar,the Mormon faith teaches children at a young age to lie to protect their lord and themselves..How can you think a religious cult bishop in Romney that's lied all his life,in personal,business,government,now in the presidencial would be any different,that's ignorence beyond the norm,he proved it last night..The president says one thing in his policy,whammo so does Romney but before last night it was never mentioned was it!!No details,no statistics, nothing to cross reference to compare to because before last night Romney didn't have any kind of plan,all lies,all unfactual,all in his lying Mormon head...But wait till next debate and beyond ,the president has a trick up his sleeve and it'll stick to Romney like glue all the way to the voters booth,it'll be toxic I assure yah and it'll end the Mormon bishops political career,just wait,Romney will run like he did against Ted Kennedy,that was a barn burner debate he'd like to forget!!

    October 4, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Jeannette, Toronto

    Mitt Romney only made the point of showing who he is and for: the 1%! In everything he said and stressed upon doing to keep the 99% down! President Obama did his job and Mr. Romney couldn't have showed his true colours more clearly. Forward 2012: Obama + Biden!

    October 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. DENNA

    @ – truth hurts

    Well blacks and hispanics are going to just have to put their religious beliefs to the side so that the leftist Democrats can achieve their agenda of removing religion and any reference to it or God from all aspects of our life. Obamacare tramples on religious beliefs placing the demands of the federal government first. It is only the beginning.

    October 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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    Do you ever get out into the sunshine and fresh air? Your meaness may mean a vitamin deficiency. You seem like such an unhappy person, I will pray for you.

    October 4, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Anyone seeking the presidency while not having any religious beliefs is asking for trouble. The history of the country shows that every man that became president was connected to a religious belief system in some way, shape or form. I don't think that most Americans are ready for a non-religious president.

    @truth hurts, I believe that you are missing the point. We are not to have a religious government. Many of the groups that are requesting removal of religious reference are somewhat split. You wouldn't want Buddhist references starting to be incorporated into the government would you? I guess that you are leaning more toward Shinto really. As for Obamacare trampling on religious beliefs, you are off base. Universities and hospitals are those first and foremost places of learning and healing not places of worship.

    October 4, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |