Obama Breaks Evangelicals' Grip on Politics

Obama's coalition of religious supporters was defined by "a wild diversity" of faiths
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2008 1:07 PM CST
Barack Obama speaks to the St. Mark Cathedral congregation on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Listen to too many campaign reporters, and you might forget that there are religious voters out there other than white evangelicals. But, writes Lisa Miller in Newsweek, Barack Obama built a coalition of religious voters by improving Democratic performance with virtually everyone else. “Indeed, it includes almost every committed person of faith except those whose church culture insists on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

A Pew survey showed that 44% of Americans who regularly attend services voted for Obama, up 9 points from Kerry's showing. "It's very cool that the story is not white evangelicals again," said the leader of a left-leaning evangelical group. Obama got 79% of nonwhite religious voters, 82% of Jews, and 46% of Catholics. Only 23% of white evangelicals voted for him, 3 points below Kerry's mark.