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Poll Watch: Churchgoing Catholics Love Giuliani? Religiously Unaffiliated ‘Meh’ on Hillary?

In a Bob Novak column about regular churchgoers supporting Rudy Giuliani, this item stood out to me:

In an aggregation of 1,690 interviews with Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in four Gallup surveys during August and September, Giuliani led with 27 percent (to Fred Thompson’s 24 percent) among those who said they attended church once a week. Even more startling was the result of interviews with adult voters without regard to party preference. Among churchgoing Catholics, Giuliani led with a plus-38 favorable rating (trailed by Sen. John McCain with a plus-29 and Clinton bringing up the rear with a minus-9).

Here’s the Gallup poll. Giuliani doesn’t do too badly among churchgoing Protestants, either: 53 percent favorable, 34 percent negative, 13 percent no opinion.
Ahead of him were Fred Thompson, 41 percent favorable, 16 percent unfavorable, 43 percent no opinion; and John McCain, 51 percent favorable, 31 percent unfavorable, 17 percent no opinion.
A result I would not have expected: John Edwards among churchgoing Catholics, 50 percent favorable, 33 percent unfavorable, 17 percent no opinion; Mitt Romney, 40 percent favorable, 24 percent unfavorable, 36 percent no opinion.
Finally, Gallup also asked questions of the “religiously unaffiliated.” Obama ran best among this crowd, 61 percent favorable, 20 percent unfavorable, 18 percent no opinion. The best Republican candidate was again Rudy, with 45 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable, 18 percent no opinion.
Hillary had higher negatives among the “religiously unaffiliated” than I would have expected: 53 percent favorable, 42 percent unfavorable, 5 percent no opinion.

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