Gallup: Mormons Favor Romney, Jews Favor Obama
Mormon registered voters overwhelmingly support presidential candidate, of Mormon faith, Mitt Romney, with, 84% saying they would vote for Mitt Romney; compared with 13% who prefer Barack Obama, as opposed to Obama’s support from Jewish voters, 64% to 29%, according to a new Gallup poll.
According to Gallup’s previously analyzed preferences of the major religious groups in the U.S., currently Protestants favor Romney by 52% to 40%, nonreligious voters favor Obama by 65% to 25%, and Catholics are evenly divided between the two (46% Obama, 45% Romney).
About 2% of Americans identify their religious faith as Mormon, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two percent also identify their religion as Jewish.
Gallup’s tracking of the 2012 presidential vote preference which began in April, interviewed more than 500 Jewish and Mormon registered voters each. U.S. registered voters are evenly divided in the voting preference, with 46% supporting Romney and 46% Obama.
Gallup Daily tracking for the period January 2011 – May 2012 shows 70% of Mormons identifying as Republicans or leaning to the Republican Party, while 19% identifying as or leaning Democratic.
Meanwhile, 64% of Jews associate with the Democratic Party and 27% with the Republican Party.
The Gallup Poll shows Obama and Romney closely matched among these groups.
Romney’s candidacy as the first Mormon presidential candidate has him currently running somewhat strongly among that religious group than John McCain did as the Republican candidate in 2008. Even though Obama remains a favorite of Jewish voters, support appears to be somewhat weaker among them than it did in 2008, given the 10-point drop in Jewish support for him compared with a five-point drop among all voters.