Even so, Mr. Romney has deep advantage over Mr. Obama among evangelicals, according to a poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service, which found that the president trailed Mr. Romney 19 percent to 68 percent among white evangelicals.
The poll, which was conducted May 2 to May 6 before Mr. Obama’s announcement on gay marriage, showed strong divisions in voting preferences among different Christians. Overall, Catholic voters said they would be more likely to vote for Obama than Mr. Romney – 46 percent to 39 percent – although white Catholic voters favor Mr. Romney over Mr. Obama by significant margin – 48 percent to 37 percent.
Among, mainline Protestant voters, Obama has a clear edge, with 50 percent supporting him and 37 percent supporting Mr. Romney.
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