Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident
October 4th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – A survey released Thursday shows striking racial and religious divides over the role of religion in presidential politics.

More black and Hispanic millennials – ages 18 to 25 – said that it was important that a presidential candidate hold religious beliefs than white millennials, according to survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

Nearly 70% of black and 57% of Hispanic millennials indicated that religious beliefs were important, while white young millennials with this belief were in the minority. Only 44% said it was important, while 53% said it wasn’t important.

“There are striking differences along racial lines about the role of faith in the lives of presidential candidates,” Dr. Thomas Banchoff, director of the Berkley Center, said in a release about the poll. “Strong majorities of black and Hispanic younger millennials say it is important for presidential candidates to have strong religious beliefs, while a majority of white younger millennials disagree.”

Overall, there was a near equal divide among all millennials – with 49% saying religious beliefs among presidential candidates is important and 48% saying the opposite.

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  1. Hollywood

    It may not be pc but some voters do play the race and religion cards.

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  2. stephen

    THis nation was great. It proclaimed the lordship of Jesus the Christ and honored him. Obeying his 10 commandments. Honoring the name of the lord. The nation has allowed corruption to fill the land. The lord Jesus Christ is the only hope for every man, women and child. This land belongs to God. We are occupying his territory. He is returning to take it back. Call upon the name of the lord while he may be found. "there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved except the name of JESUS CHRIST" "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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  4. Hollywood

    Why in this day and age do we have to settle questions through the racial divide?

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