Poll shows relationship between voters, religion

by | Nov. 09, 2010

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When it came to the midterm elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, two of the country's largest religious groups followed their usual voting patterns: Protestant voters were overwhelmingly Republican, while the religiously unaffiliated voted for Democrats. But Catholic voters, who have favored Democratic candidates by double-digit margins in the last two congressional elections, this time around supported the GOP, according to Pew Forum exit poll data.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life analysis compares Republican gain with religious affiliation among voters, tracking the voting patterns of Protestants — including those who describe themselves as Protestant, Mormon and other Christians — alongside those of Catholic voters and those described as "religiously unaffiliated." It also compared the most recent election with past votes.

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