Pew Forum Non-Shocker: The ‘Religiously Unaffiliated’ Lean Democratic

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life put together a slideshow explaining the trends between religious groups and political party identification.

There’s nothing in it you couldn’t have predicted yourself, but here are a few of the highlights:

The “Nones” need to be more like Black Protestants — we’re only about 2:1 in favor of the Democrats while they’re more like 9:1.

11% of the Republican or Republican-leaning voters are religiously unaffiliated:

24% of the Democrat or Democrat-leaning voters are religiously unaffiliated — which is why they ought to being paying more attention to us:

These results can go two ways. First, as long as religious groups dominate both pie charts, we’re not giving either political party a great reason to pay attention to us. On the other hand, when religiously unaffiliated voters make up a quarter of the Democrats’ audience, they ought to be far more inclusive of us than was evident in their speeches at the DNC.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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