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New Jersey.jpgA new Monmouth University/Gannett poll, showing New Jersey voters preferring Obama over McCain 48-34, offers a few religious tidbits. Fifty-one percent of New Jerseyites think Obama is some kind of Protestant Christian and 39 percent don’t know what he is; the numbers for McCain are 48 percent and 40 percent respectively. Those who think religion is important to Obama outnumber those who think it isn’t by 40 percent to 37 percent; in McCain’s case it’s the other way around: 28 percent to 38 percent. Probably the most important question has to do with whether voters are comfortable with the candidates’ religious views. In both cases, they are, by almost identical margins (Obama, 46-21; McCain, 39-15). The only marked advantage McCain has lies in the realm of religious associations. Those who are comfortable with the views of “those religious leaders who have been close to John McCain or support his campaign” outnumber those who are uncomfortable 28 percent to 25 percent. In Obama’s case, the reverse is ttrue, 22 percent to 50 percent. The Wright legacy.