Here is some exit poll data released today by the Faith in Public Life organization about how Catholics voted for president.

Overall, Barack Obama defeated John McCain 55%- 44% among Catholics, substantially outperforming the Democratic support garnered by John Kerry in 2004 and Al Gore in 2000 against George W. Bush.

And among white Catholics, while Obama lost to a McCain by a 52%-47% margin, that too was a substantial improvement on the 56%-43% Republican edge Bush enjoyed four years ago among that group of voters.

Look for more detailed coverage about the Catholic vote, and about other key Election Day results, in the Register’s Nov. 16 print issue.

— Tom McFeely