Obama has edge over Clinton with mainline Protestant Democrats

Catholics prefer Clinton
White mainline Protestants who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters favored Senator Barack Obama (D., Ill.) slightly over Senator Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.), 27 percent to 24 percent, as the party’s nominee for president in a late March national survey. But white non-Hispanic Catholics preferred Clinton 33 percent to 12 percent over Obama, contributing to Clinton’s early lead among Democrats.

Nearly a year before the most important primaries in 2008, Republican hopeful Rudolph Giuliani and Senator Clinton are the widely recognizable front-runners with key religious segments in the country, according to John Green, a senior fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The Pew Forum, in announcing its Religion & Politics ’08 Web site, analyzed the results under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International, which conducted telephone interviews with a sample of 1,503 adults from March 21 to March 25.


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