Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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VOTE08

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Suppose the 2008 presidential election was being held today. If you had to choose between [John McCain or Barack Obama (rotated)], who would you vote for? (See RNDMVOTE for order of candidates' names as read.) (Q5)
  1) John McCain, the Republican
  2) Barack Obama, the Democrat
  3) Other candidate
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain, the Republican 38.5% 38.5%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 42.6% 81.1%
Other candidate 4.3% 85.4%
Don't know/Refused 14.6% 100%
Total N = 2414

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 30.5% 34.8% 42.1% 43.9% 38.7% 38.4%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 53.9% 47.1% 39.5% 36.5% 35.4% 42.9%
Other candidate 4.6% 4.9% 5.0% 2.6% 2.8% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 11.0% 13.2% 13.5% 16.9% 23.2% 14.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2373


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 51.8% 43.4% 37.2% 32.9% 33.2% 27.7% 38.7%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 32.7% 38.2% 45.6% 45.6% 47.7% 53.9% 42.8%
Other candidate 1.0% 3.6% 3.3% 5.6% 5.3% 8.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 14.5% 14.8% 13.9% 15.9% 13.8% 9.7% 14.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2388


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school diploma High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, technical or vocational school AFTER high school or some college (no four-year degree) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 34.4% 39.3% 40.7% 38.7% 35.2% 38.5%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 49.1% 38.9% 41.6% 43.2% 50.2% 42.8%
Other candidate 4.9% 4.5% 4.7% 3.8% 2.6% 4.2%
Don't know/Refused 11.6% 17.4% 13.0% 14.4% 12.1% 14.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2389


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 29.9% 35.1% 34.4% 42.0% 47.5% 46.3% 39.2%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 52.4% 45.5% 42.0% 43.7% 43.0% 38.0% 43.8%
Other candidate 2.7% 3.0% 7.6% 5.7% 1.1% 4.1% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 15.0% 16.5% 16.0% 8.6% 8.3% 11.6% 12.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2128


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 55.2% 52.0% 31.9% 11.3% 38.2%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 28.1% 28.4% 46.6% 74.5% 43.2%
Other candidate 2.5% 4.8% 5.0% 3.0% 4.1%
Don't know/Refused 14.3% 14.8% 16.6% 11.3% 14.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1186


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 45.3% 37.0% 33.3% 23.8% 38.7%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 37.1% 42.7% 50.8% 54.6% 42.8%
Other candidate 3.8% 4.3% 3.3% 8.1% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 13.8% 16.0% 12.6% 13.6% 14.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2345


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain, the Republican 42.9% 34.6% 38.5%
Barack Obama, the Democrat 38.4% 46.3% 42.6%
Other candidate 5.0% 3.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 13.6% 15.5% 14.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2414



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