November 7, 2008
A Generation Gap Among Evangelicals
We numbers junkies thank Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times for doing a special slice-and-dice on the exit polls that gives us this fascinating nugget:
Obama doubled his support among evangelicals (Obamagelicals, as we like to call them) ages 18-29 (getting 32% compared to 16% in 2004).
What the Times didn't mention is that Obama actually went down among evangelicals 65 and older (Kerry got 32% of them; Obama got 26%)
In other words, in 2004 the senior evangelicals were more Democratic than the juniors. Now it's the other way around.
(Originally posted at Steve Waldman's blog at Beliefnet.)