Stephen Bates: In the US elections, the religious right remained largely true to their conservative roots | Comment is free | guardian.co.ukThe journalist is somewhat confused in the article. When you read the Pew numbers the reality breaks down like this:
... Initial analysis by the respected Pew Forum polling organisation seems to show that about 73% of born-again evangelicals voted for McCain/Palin – down from about 79% four years ago – while non-church goers voted in similar proportions for Obama. Among Catholics – who after all are the largest single denomination in the US and make up 27% of the entire electorate – the margin was much narrower: 52% of white Catholics who are regular Mass-attenders voted for McCain, 47% for Obama, while non-practising Catholics went 61% to 37% for Obama...
- White fundamentalist* -> McCain
- Non-fundamentalist Christian (mainstream Protestant, Catholic) -> fairly even
- Secular, unobservant, Jewish, non-Christian -> Obama
* They call it "evangelical/born-again" and, oddly, limit it to whites.