Thursday, August 31, 2006

Churchgoing tied to November elections

By UPI Staff
United Press International on August 31, 2006

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- White U.S. voters who frequently go to church are more likely to vote Republican in November than white voters who do not, a Gallup survey said Wednesday.

Non-white voters are more likely to vote Democratic, regardless of church attendance, the survey said.

The number of white registered voters who frequently go to church -- meaning those who attend church services weekly or almost every week -- make up one-third of registered voters, the survey said. They are more likely to vote Republican by a margin of 24%.

The half of registered voters who are white but attend church monthly or less frequently are likely to vote Democratic by a 17-point margin.

The 16% of non-white registered voters, regardless of church attendance, intend to vote Democratic by a 59-point margin.

The telephone survey of more than 5,000 registered voters was conducted between June and August. It had a margin of error of 3%.

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