Religion in the Empire State

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Today’s Quinnipiac poll of New Yorkers has McCain winning Catholics by the relatively hefty margin of 54-40 and trailing Obama among Jews by the relatively small margin of 37-60. In 2004, Bush carried the Catholic vote in the Empire State by only 51-48, while Kerry carried the Jewish vote by a whopping 80-18. Yet for all that, Obama actually leads overall by a slightly larger margin, 57-36, than Kerry carried the state (59-40). Quinnipiac doesn’t give numbers for other religious groupings, but there aren’t a lot of options: Obama makes up the difference by outpolling Kerry among Protestants (including African-American ones), religious “others” (Muslims, Hindus, etc.), and those who when asked “What is your religion, if any?” say, “None.”