“That’s more the story than who’s ahead,” said Jim McCormick, chairman of the ISU Political Science Department, who coordinated the poll.
“The number of people who are firmly committed to a candidate is really only 16.5 percent,” McCormick said. “A majority of them, 52-plus, are undecided and 30 percent are sort of leaning toward one candidate.”
Herman Cain received the most votes among Catholics (35 percent) and Protestant/born-again (25 percent), but he has very little support among secular voters (10 percent). Secular voters represent a small portion of caucus voters, but they are the most unified with six-in-ten of them backing Ron Paul.
Among religious voters, born-again Protestants are the least supportive of Mitt Romney. Only one-in-eight born-again voters support the former governor of Massachusetts, compared to nearly one-in-four support among other Protestants. Evangelicals are twice as likely to support Rick Perry compared to other religious voters.
A couple other things to note in the image above:
- Rick Santorum doesn’t even have support among his fellow Catholics. Or the evangelical Christians. That’s good news for everyone.
- I’m not surprised that Ron Paul overwhelmingly gets the Secular vote, but that much of it? I would’ve thought “Can’t Decide” or “Other” would poll higher…
- Check out that contrast between Born-Again Christians and Not-Born-Again Christians when it comes to supporting Mitt Romney — it’s amazing how much his Mormonism affects how different kinds of Christians see him.
Does anything else from the poll stand out to you?