Gallup released new polling Wednesday that shows a strong correlation between a voter's level of religious observance and which presidential candidate — Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama — that voter plans on voting for come November.
"Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by 17 percentage points, 54 percent to 37 percent, among very religious voters in Gallup's latest five-day presidential election tracking average," Frank Newport summarized for Gallup. "Obama leads by 14 points, 54 percent to 40 percent, among the moderately religious, and by 31 points, 61 percent to 30 percent, among those who are nonreligious."
In order to assign poll respondents to one of the three religious categories, Gallup asked two yes-or-no questions: Is religion an important part of daily life? Does church/synagogue/mosque attendance occur at least every week, or almost every week?
Registered voters who answered affirmatively to both questions are considered for the purposes of Gallup's poll to be "very religious," and accounted for 41 percent of the total interviewees. Nonreligious voters (32 percent of respondents) are those who answered no to both questions, while moderately religious voters (27 percent of those surveyed) answered "yes" to one question and "no" to another.
After breaking down some of the denomination-specific data from the Gallup poll, CNN's Gabriella Schwarz wrote, "Obama is a Protestant Christian and Romney is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite Obama's religion, Protestants supported Romney over Obama by a five-point margin. Obama received the top spot among Catholics by six percentage points and held a substantial lead among Americans with no formal religious identity."
On the occasion of Gallup releasing this new polling, the Christian Post thought to remind Americans, "Religiosity has been a reliable predictor of vote choice in presidential elections at least since the 2000 election. Those with high levels of religiosity have favored Republicans while those with low levels of religiosity have favored Democrats. This 'God gap' has been a stronger predictor of vote choice than the much ballyhooed 'gender gap,' in which females favor Democrats and males favor Republicans."