Rick Santorum’s faithful value religion and politics, poll shows

A majority of presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s supporters think politicians should rely on their religious beliefs in making policy decisions.

Those views are at odds with supporters of rival Mitt Romney and with the public more generally, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar reports on the emerging fault line of faith and politics in the Republican race for president.

Read on for the poll’s complete breakdowns of Santorum and Romney supporters.


Supporters of the two candidates take sharply different positions on two policy issues that are heavily influenced by religious identification, abortion and gay marriage.


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Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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