Percentages for Obama & McCain among selected groups
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Note, an exact split is not given for
all categories, so in those cases where
only one result is given, it's assumed
that the opponent approximated the
remaining percent minus 2%:

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Key Indicator -- RACE

Black Americans:  Obama 95%,  McCain 3%

Hispanic Americans:  Obama 66%,  McCain 32%

Asian Americans:  Obama 61%,  McCain 37%

White Americans:  Obama 43%,  McCain 55%

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Key Indicator -- AGE

First-Time Voters:  Obama 69%,  McCain 30%

Excerpts from usnews.com article referenced at
the footer: "... Obama got 66 percent among those
under 30, won 30-somethings 54 percent to 44
percent, ran essentially even with 40-somethings
and 50-to-64s, and carried only those 65 and over
(53 percent to 45 percent). ... Interestingly, the baby
boom generation, voters 45 to 64 (born between
1944 and 1963), were 50 percent Obama, 49 per-
cent McCain-another indication that this is not
a liberal age cohort but a divided one ..."

"... Obama led among those with incomes under
$50,000 (big) and those above $200,000 (narrowly).
Among the 56 percent with incomes in the middle,
it was pretty much even. Similarly, Obama won 63
percent among those with no high school education
and 58 percent among those with postgraduate de-
grees but led only very narrowly among those in
between. ..."

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Key Indicator -- RELIGION / NON-RELIGION

Excerpts from weeklystandard article referenced at
the footer, regarding religious and non-religious
voting indicators:

"Levels of religious practice remained a key indicator
of voting preferences in 2008, with the religiously
observant strongly still favoring the Republican, if
slightly reduced from 2004. Evangelicals remained
the strongest voting bloc for Republicans, giving 74
percent to John McCain, according to exit polls, com-
pared to 79 percent for George W. Bush in 2004.
Non-evangelical Protestants favored McCain by 54
percent versus 56 percent for Bush. Catholics shifted
as a whole from slight preference for Bush in 2004 to
slight preference for Obama in 2008, though practicing
Catholics remained more Republican. ..."

"... Obama's greatest increase in support came from the
religiously nonobservant. Kerry gained 67 percent of
the religiously unaffiliated, while Obama got 75 percent.
Sixty two percent of persons who never attend religious
services supported Kerry, while 67 percent supported
Obama. Fifty five percent of voters who worship weekly
or more preferred McCain, compared to 61 percent for
Bush in 2004 and 59 percent in 2000. ..."

"... Exit polls show that evangelical voters in key Midwest
states favored McCain by 2 to 1 over Obama, compared to
3 to 1 for Bush in 2004. In Indiana, which Obama won,
Bush's support had been 77 percent, but fell to 66 percent
for McCain. There was a similar shift in Ohio, which also
flipped from Bush in 2004 to Obama in 2008. Meanwhile,
evangelical support for McCain in the South remained
3 to 1 and in some cases even stronger for McCain than
for Bush. ..."

"... In the end, the religiously active mostly retained their
traditionally conservative voting patterns, which perhaps
helped to avert a fuller congressional route for Republi-
cans, but was insufficient to save the McCain campaign."

Excerpt from jpost.com article referenced at the footer,
regarding Jewish voting indicators:

"... Obama picked up 78 percent of the Jewish vote in com-
parison to McCain's 21% haul, according to exit polls. That
rate is about two points higher than what former Democratic
candidate John Kerry received in 2004 and similar to the
numbers Al Gore and Bill Clinton garnered in previous
elections. ..."

Excerpt from newsweek article referenced at the footer,
regarding Muslim voting indicators:

"... what did real Muslim-Americans think of the Chicago
senator? And how did they vote? The American Muslim
Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections released a poll
today of over 600 Muslims from more than 10 states,
including Florida and Pennsylvania, and it revealed that
89 percent of respondents voted for Obama, while only
2 percent voted for McCain. It also indicated that 95 per-
cent of Muslims polled cast a ballot in this year's presi-
dential election-the highest turnout in a U.S. election
ever-and 14 percent of those were first-time voters. ..."

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References:
  http://tinyurl.com/hispanicvote2008election
  http://tinyurl.com/growingpowernonwhitevoters
  http://tinyurl.com/voters2008somedistributioninfo
  http://tinyurl.com/voters2008religion-nonreligion
  http://tinyurl.com/Jewishvote2008
  http://www.newsweek.com/id/168062

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