Religious Vote Counts for GOP

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Exit polls show a majority of Catholic voters supported Republican candidates on Tuesday -- a major shift among a voting bloc that has strongly favored Democrats in the past.

Data from the National Election Pool reported by CNN found 54 percent of Catholics voted for GOP candidates on Tuesday, while 44
percent voted for Democrats.

In past elections, Catholics have favored Democrats by double-digit margins.

The exit polls also found that Republican candidates were favored this election day by 69 percent of white Protestants and 78 percent of evangelical or born-again Christians.

Unaffiliated and non-religious voters supported Democrats by a
more than two-to-one margin according to the exit polls, but even
their support was less than in past elections.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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