One of the most important observations about contemporary politics — at least on the presidential level — is the importance of religion in determing voters’ preferences.
By DAVE HELLING
Tell me if a voter goes to church, consultants say, and I’ll tell you if he or she is a Republican or Democratic vote.
There’s more evidence of that today.
Gallup is out with a poll examining “religiousness” in all 50 states. Click here for the results.
Then click here for the results of the 2012 election.
Of the top 19 most-religious states, all — all 19 — voted for Mitt Romney. The 20th most-religious state, Virginia, supported Barack Obama.
Of the 14 least-religious states, all — all 14 — supported Obama.
Like all polls, this one might be flawed. And like all studies, it’s hard to know the difference because cause and correlation: we don’t know if religious people voted for Romney because they’re religious, or because they happen to live in states that are religious.
But it reinforces the convention wisdom: in general, religious voters lean Republican, non-religious voters lean Democratic.