Nationwide, evangelicals cast 26 percent of the vote in 2008, with 74 percent favoring Republican John McCain and 24 percent supporting Obama.
It’s very clear that “So-Cons” are a major part of the republican party. Ignoring them, as many do, is fatal and could be a reason Romney lost.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, described the non-engagement on the abortion issue as “the latest in a series of missed opportunities for the Republican Party. Voters overwhelmingly disagree with the extreme positions on abortion taken by President Obama and the Democrats. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party, and their Super PAC allies never highlighted this vulnerability, despite the fact that our polling of likely swing voters revealed it to be a persuasive line of argument.”
Evangelicals reportedly supported Romney, though he is a Mormon, by more than 3-to-1, but there was no nationwide exit polling to substantiate that margin. The National Election Pool, which conducts the polls on behalf of the Associated Press and the major television networks, decided not to do exit polling in 19 states, ones NEP decided did not have a competitive race worthy analyzing.
Among states in which exit polling was done, Romney fared as well as or better than the GOP’s 2008 nominee, John McCain, with evangelical voters in most cases, according to Christianity Today. **An exception was Ohio, where 30 percent of evangelicals voted for Obama this year in contrast to 27 percent in 2008.
The NEP exit polling that was done showed Romney won among Protestants, 57-42 percent, but Obama gained the edge with Catholics, 50-48 percent; Jews, 69-30 percent, and those with no religious affiliation, 70-26 percent.
The exit polls showed Obama won an increasingly greater percentage of support as attendance at religious services decreased. Romney won among those who attend more than once a week, 63-36 percent, and weekly, 58-41 percent. Obama won among those who attend monthly, 55-44 percent; a few times a year, 56-42 percent, and never, 62-34 percent.
Obama’s win part of big election setback for social conservatives