Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Clinton... has big leads with all significant religious groups

BRIARCLIFF MANOR - At a time when presidential candidates of both parties are hustling to win over religious voters, Sen. Hillary Clinton is dominating all religious groups in the Democratic world, while Rudy Giuliani is doing well with all Republican groups - except evangelicals.

Will Pat Robertson's surprising endorsement of Giuliani help?

"I think these endorsements matter, but it's hard to say how much," John C. Green, perhaps the country's top expert on why people of different faiths vote the way they do, said during a presentation last night at St. Theresa's Church...

Green, a senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is certain to be one of the most quoted men in America in the next year about which candidates are appealing to evangelicals, Catholics and other faith groups that could swing a close vote.

Green explained that recent polls show Giuliani comfortably winning the support of Catholic and mainline Protestant Republicans...

Clinton , on the other hand, has big leads with all significant religious groups in the Democratic community - Catholics, black Protestants and mainline white Protestants. She has the support of 48 percent of black Protestants versus 36 percent for Barack Obama.

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