A new Gallup poll
shows that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is way out in front of President Barack Obama among voters who are very religious — 54 percent to 37 percent.
Among voters who are moderately religious, Obama leads 54 percent to 40 percent, and among those who aren’t religious, Obama leads 61 percent to 30 percent.
Gallup counts as very religious those for whom religion is an important part of daily life and who attend their place of worship at least every week or almost every week. This classification encompasses 41 percent of registered voters.
The polling agency defines as non-religious someone for whom religion isn’t an important part of daily life and who seldom or never attends a temple of worship. This segment accounts for 32 percent of registered voters.
Those who fall into neither the very religious or non-religious categories count as moderately religious. That includes 27 percent of registered voters.
Though Obama is a Protestant Christian, Romney leads among voters of that denomination by 48 percent to 43 percent. Obama leads among Catholics by 51 percent to 45 percent. And Obama leaves Romney in the dust among voters who have no formal religious identity 67 percent to 23 percent.
Very religious protestants favor Romney over Obama by 54 percent to 35 percent. “The fact that Mitt Romney continues to receive the support of highly religious white Protestants is important, given that the Republican portion of this group disproportionately supported Romney's opponent Santorum in the Republican primaries,” writes Gallup’s Frank Newport.
“Just as it appears that Republicans as a whole are coalescing around Romney even after the bitter primary battles, highly religious white Protestants appear to be coalescing around his candidacy as well.”
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