Mixed voting messages for US churchgoers

Just over half of American churchgoers have been encouraged by their pastors to vote in today’s presidential election, with less than 20 per cent of pastors supporting a particular candidate.

Black Protestants have been nearly twice as likely as other Christians to hear about the election, and nearly half have heard voting messages favouring incumbent Barack Obama.

Fewer white churchgoers have heard messages supporting a candidate. Those that did were more likely to favour challenger Mitt Romney.

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