Mitt Romney trouncing Rick Santorum among Catholics

Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney’s support among evangelicals has wavered thus … Continued

Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney’s support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis of exit poll data.

Though he won evangelicals in two states, in general Romney has performed 15 percentage points better among non-evangelicals, according to an analysis released Friday (March 2) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Exit poll data is available in seven of the 11 states that have held primary contests to date, according to the Pew Forum. More detailed religious affiliations are available in six of those states.

White evangelicals formed more than a third of all GOP primary voters in each state except for Nevada (24 percent) and New Hampshire (21 percent). Romney, a Mormon, won the evangelical vote in those two states, and nearly tied for first in Arizona and Florida. But he lost the evangelical vote badly in three states: Michigan, Iowa and South Carolina.

Somewhat surprisingly, Santorum has not won the Catholic vote in a single state in which data is available, according to the Pew Forum.

Romney won the Catholic vote by at least 25 points in Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Romney also won 47 percent of the Catholic vote in Arizona, compared to Santorum’s 33 percent. In Michigan, Romney bested Santorum among Catholics 44 to 37 percent.

Santorum has spoken far more about his faith during the campaign, while Romney has largely been mum on his Mormonism.

According to numerous separate polls, a significant minority of GOP voters, especially evangelicals, remain reluctant to vote for a Mormon president. Most Mainline Protestants and Catholics do not display the same aversion.

Romney, who has won more primary elections and delegates than any other GOP candidate, also won the Protestant vote in three states: New Hampshire, Nevada and Arizona.

However, the Pew Forum notes that Romney’s success among Protestants in Nevada and Arizona is boosted by their large Mormon populations. (The Pew Forum does not typically consider Mormons Protestant, but exit polls often do). Romney won 88 percent of the Mormon vote in Nevada and 96 percent in Arizona.

Texas congressman Ron Paul has performed the best among religiously unaffiliated voters in the two states — Nevada and New Hampshire — where they participated in large enough numbers to be analyzed.

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  • maryannk1

    …and THIS Catholic female will be voting for the candidate who will get the economy out of this mess, bring pride and prosperity back to the USA, and not PREACH to us…my candidate is…Mitt Romney

  • D123451

    Santorum lost when he showed he couldn’t beat Mitt even when he had Obama’s team supporting him, the evangelicals all pulling for him, and the UAW. Santorum only can beat Mitt when Mitt isn’t running like in Minn, MO, and CO. Mitt went against Santorum in Iowa and he won until the establishment recounted and hid Mitt’s votes by losing 9 precincts worth of votes to declare Santorum the winner after Mitt was the winner, Santorum even lost to Mitt when Mitt stood up to Washington and Detroit and took a tough stance against the UAW and said don’t just billionaires and UAW bailout checks, but let them shed excess costs and go through bankruptcy to become viable again.

  • Fredom4u

    Catholics, bless their hearts, understand that this election is not about religion, it’s about understanding who the best candidate is to turn this failing country around. They know, along with other super Tuesday states, that MITT ROMNEY has actually used private sector money to create jobs, he’s fiscally responsible, and the we, the American taxpayer, become President Romney’s shareholders. That is the kind of CEO the world largest company needs to bring us out of debt and bring respect back to the greatest nation on the planet.

    Thank everyone who recognizes that The Oval Office needs someone who knows how to meet payroll, streamline the government and get out of the way of “We, the people…”. Mr Romney is the only one who will know what and how to do that. Beginning first by repealing Obamacare and giving back power to the states.

    Next, Mr. Romney will protect our borders and realign the US back up with our ally in the Middle East, Israel. Obama’s first call made as the president of our country to the Pallestian Authority, Abbas. That is public record.

    Thank the Lord that more and more people are realizing that Mr. Romney’s experience in the private sector will bennifit every small business, America’s engine, and allow them to grow unfettered to hire you and me – putting cornflakes on OUR table! Mr. Santorum is nice enough…but we need someone who doesn’t require on the job training. Been there – done that – didn’t work out!

    Let’s put in America’s best and brightest, MITT ROMNEY!