Exit Poll: Voters Who Go to Church Were More Likely to Vote Republican

By Brittany M. Hughes | November 5, 2014 | 1:19 PM EST

This March 21, 2010 photo shows church members during a Sunday service at New Life in Christ Church in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(CNSNews.com) - Voters who regularly attend religious services tend to vote for Republican candidates, while those who don't attend church at all largely favor Democrats, according to a CNN exit poll taken during midterm elections Tuesday.

CNN questioned voters immediately after they had exited the voting booth. Included among the questions was: “How often do you attend religious services?”

Of the 40 percent who said they attend church services at least once a week, 58 percent voted Republican in Tuesday’s election compared to 41 percent who voted Democrat, the poll showed.

Another 40 percent said they attended church “occasionally.” Of those, 52 percent voted Republican and 46 percent voted Democrat.

Of the 18 percent who said they never attended church, an overwhelming majority of 62 percent reported they had voted Democrat, compared to 36 percent that had voted Republican.

During Tuesday’s election, Republicans picked up a net gain of seven Senate seats, bringing their total to 52 and taking control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP also retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.