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2000 Exit Poll Results
Vote by Religion Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
Protestant
Percentage of Electorate: 54
43% 55% 1% 2%
- White Protestants
Percentage of Electorate: 47
35% 62% 1% 2%
- Black Protestants
Percentage of Electorate: 9
90% 8% 1% 1%
Catholic
Percentage of Electorate: 27
50% 46% 1% 2%
Jewish
Percentage of Electorate: 4
81% 17% 0% 1%
Other
Percentage of Electorate: 5
54% 33% 1% 9%
None
Percentage of Electorate: 9
61% 28% 1% 9%
Part of the Religious Right? Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
Yes
Percentage of Electorate: 14
19% 79% 1% 1%
No
Percentage of Electorate: 83
55% 41% 1% 3%
Attend Religious Services Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
More Than Once a Week
Percentage of Electorate: 14
36% 62% 1% 1%
Once a Week
Percentage of Electorate: 28
41% 56% 1% 2%
A Few Times a Month
Percentage of Electorate: 14
51% 45% 1% 2%
A Few Times a Year
Percentage of Electorate: 28
55% 41% 0% 3%
Never
Percentage of Electorate: 14
62% 29% 1% 6%
Abortion Should Be ... Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
Legal in All Cases
Percentage of Electorate: 24
71% 24% 0% 5%
Legal in Most Cases
Percentage of Electorate: 33
59% 37% 0% 3%
Illegal in Most Cases
Percentage of Electorate: 27
29% 68% 1% 1%
Illegal in All Cases
Percentage of Electorate: 13
23% 73% 2% 1%
Lieberman's Religion Makes Him... Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
A Better V.P.
Percentage of Electorate: 17
61% 36% 1% 1%
A Worse V.P.
Percentage of Electorate: 8
22% 71% 1% 5%
No Effect
Percentage of Electorate: 72
50% 46% 1% 3%
Moral Condition of the Country Gore Bush Buchanan Nader
Right Direction
Percentage of Electorate: 39
70% 27% 0% 2%
Wrong Track
Percentage of Electorate: 57
33% 62% 1% 3%
Source: Voter News Service

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    1996 Exit Poll Results
    Religious Affiliation Clinton Dole Perot Other
    White Protestant Religious Right
    Percentage of Electorate: 13
    21% 70% 8% 1%
    White Protestant Non-Religious Right
    Percentage of Electorate: 34
    42% 46% 10% 2%
    Black Protestants
    Percentage of Electorate: 9
    84% 12% 4% --
    White Catholics
    Percentage of Electorate: 24
    48% 41% 10% 1%
    Non-White Catholics
    Percentage of Electorate: 4
    78% 17% 3% 2%
    Jews
    Percentage of Electorate: 3
    78% 16% 3% 2%
    All Other Religious Groups
    Percentage of Electorate: 6
    51% 31% 13% 5%
    Secular
    Percentage of Electorate: 7
    57% 25% 13% 5%
    Source: Bliss Institute for Applied Politics, University of Akron


    Religious Values and Policy Decisions

    Q: Which is closer to your point of view? Some people say our elected officials should be guided by their religious values when making policy decisions. Other people say it would be bad if our elected officials were guided by their religious values when making policy decisions because religion and politics shouldn't mix.

    Percent saying...

    Should be guided by religious principle

    42%
    Religion and politics don't mix

    46%
    Both equally/none

    6%
    Unsure

    6%
    Note: Asked of registered likely voters
    Source: Survey by the Tarrance Group & Lake, Snell, Perry, & Associates, January 3-5, 2000, in May/June 2000 issue of Public Perspectives


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