Ethnic divisions sharp among Christian voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says exit polls show black Protestants and Hispanic Catholics diverged from what was otherwise broad religious support for Republican Mitt Romney.

Pew researcher Greg Smith says that while Catholics overall were about evenly divided, about 60 percent of white Catholics voted for Romney while three-fourths of Hispanic Catholics cast their ballots for Barack Obama.

The racial difference was even more pronounced among Protestants, with nearly 80 percent of born-again evangelicals voting for Romney while 95 percent of black Protestants supported Obama.

The president also received support from about 70 percent of religiously unaffiliated and Jewish voters, while most who said they attend religious services every week supported Mitt Romney.

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280-w-31-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Greg Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)--Exit polls conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life show black Protestants and Hispanic Catholics diverged from what was otherwise broad religious support for Republican Mitt Romney. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (7 Nov 2012)

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281-a-11-(Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in AP interview)-"for Barack Obama"-Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, says there was an electoral divide Tuesday based on attendance at worship services. (7 Nov 2012)

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283-a-08-(Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in AP interview)-"voted for Obama"-Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, says Catholic voters reflected the electorate at large, but there was an ethnic divide. (7 Nov 2012)

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282-a-11-(Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in AP interview)-"supported the president"-Greg Smith, senior researcher at Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, says there were stark differences between the way white and black Protestants voted Tuesday. (7 Nov 2012)

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