McCain Winning Over White Religious Voters, Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 28, 2008 | 11:49 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain gives the thumbs up sign after speaking at a rally, Oct. 22, 2008, at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

( – GOP presidential candidate John McCain is winning overwhelming support of whites who attend church on a weekly basis, while Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is winning over whites who seldom or never attend church, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
The poll, conducted Oct. 1-26, reinforces the well-established relationship between church attendance and voting.
The results show McCain with a 37-point advantage among whites who go to church regularly and a 19-point advantage for Obama among those who seldom or never attend church services.
The poll also found that McCain’s support from whites who go to church weekly did not change much with the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate.
In August, McCain led Obama 64 percent to 25 percent (39 points) among whites attending church weekly compared to 37 points today. The Republican candidate was also doing better among whites in August than he has been in October, winning 51 percent to 39 percent in August compared to 49 percent to 44 percent in the latest poll.
The poll was taken from a sample of 23,111 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.