November 4th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
12 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. tiaunia

    Lets be about the issues. Learn to separate religion from politics.

    November 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Anthony

    To John in Ohio.....No it doesn't mean that you are Godless, it just means that you need to repent for voting based on the status of the economy, or the war, or immigration and not voting based on the moral fabris of the Bible, and protecting what God cherishes most and that's Life and children

    November 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    God sees those who meant well for America like Obama.

    November 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. waitaminute

    Remember that OBAMA is Evangelical himself. To say that all evangelicals are the of the radical right is a lie that comes right from the devils of the radical left. All Evangelicals who are true Christians are balanced down the middle, believe in the rights and protections of the orphans, widows, and poor. They believe in free will and the equal rights of all men and women. But they hold to one thing above all. That God is ONE God with three persons that holds all humans accountable for what they do and how they do it. From the Life of a child unborn to life of the green trees He created. We are accountable. He came as Jesus so that we may have LIFE and have it abundantly. We just screw it up all the time because we never really listen to what He has to tell us writ in the Bible. Humans pollute. Humans steal life. Humans steal from humans. All contrary to God's purpose and make Him sad. These are under attack from both the right and the left. Go Obama

    November 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. DemsforGod

    Praise the Lord – Obama will win.

    November 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. BrotherBill54

    Evangelicals are strongly urged by their pastors and national leaders to vote a strict pro-life ticket. Every four years the republicans pull their Pro-Life card out of their pocket and wave it around for all to see. After the election they put it back in their pocket and do nothing to save the unborn except promising to recommend consevative judges. This years republican candidate makes the same promise; poloitical action. The democrat says he is pro-choice, but admits there are too many unwanted pregnancies ending in abortion. He promises, through education, to reduce that number.
    This Ohio evangelical is voting for education this time.

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Bill

    Your comments here, and throughout the campaign, have reflected a pattern of narrow minded and mean spritited thinking that is sickening. The problem isn't the candidates, it's the people.

    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. DrIntegrity

    John in OH
    No – I think that means you're sane, rational and thoughtful and you vote on Christian values perhaps?? (like love thy neighbor, equality for all)

    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. A conservative liberal

    If the only things people are concerned about is abortion, and gay marriage. Than this country is in a lot more trouble than I ever believed. I don't think either is right and I'm against both emphatically. But I don't feel like my will or beliefs should be pushed on anyone else.

    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Hosier Echo

    It was McCain's to lose. The republican handouts for the last 18 months were changed only by name and date. Guess the RNC thought that I would not notice that oil and gas had vacumn-ed all that
    dough out of my pocket and put it in Mr & Mrs Richy's pocket. Thought that I would not notice that Merchants of Greed and Bankers of Power were trying to take God's place in my life. H-m-m-m-m-m

    November 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. TB

    I am praying that obama wins enough is enough with them 8 yrs of sufferings. I am not telling a lie but the evangelists are only concerned about gays and abortion but If i must say they are seated in the front of their pews and on their pulpits and not a word against them in their sermons. God is going to hold them responsible for giving those feel good sermons and when come election time they telling their members to go biblical remember all sin is sin and we are alll going to be judged when that day comes

    November 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    They will say they spoke in the Lord's name and performed miracles in the Lord's and the Lord will say; "Get away you wicked people. I never knew you."
    The Church down the road you think? Not!

    November 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Gemma

    I can't imagine why Christians would back McCain. Jesus' teachings were opposite of what the GOP practices. Jesus was opposed to war, preached tolerance and helped the poor. These are issues of much more importance than the sexual issues that seem to pervert the minds of these so-called "Christians". A true Christian should be recognized by his actions and not merely a declaration of "knowing Jesus". Tax cuts for the rich, supporting war and intolerance of our fellow man is very un-Christlike. McCain, like Bush, does not follow the true teachings of Jesus. Ye shall know them by their fruits

    November 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. From TX

    In response to conservative liberal: I agree I should not push my beliefs on anyone, but on the same note I don't want anyone elses pushed on me. Tolerance is tolerance.

    November 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Gary Chandler in Canada

    George Bush HANDED the White House to McCain and he dropped the ball on the goal line.
    Instead of putting his campaign into overdrive to oppose the Bail Out, he suspended his campaign to support the recovery plan.
    He would have been ‘measuring the curtains’ if he had the brains to do the oppose it.

    November 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Disappointed

    Why do we use these exit polls that are not properly weighted? It all boils down to people closing their eyes, listening to the candidates plans to fix the countries ills. That would be Obama, because McCain has no plan other than taxing our health care benefits...More dubbayuh people if you can't ignore race and vote for intelligence and concern.

    November 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    November 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. James

    The same people who are against abortion are the same ones who are against any "free" handouts. If you are against abortion you should be willing to do whatever it takes to financially support a baby until at least adulthood.

    November 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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