U.S. Demographics Shift: White Christians No Longer The Majority

U.S. Demographics Shift: White Christians No Longer The Majority November 23, 2015

White Christians are no longer the majority in the U.S., but continue to dominate the Republican party.

A new study from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape survey shows just 46 percent of American adults are white Christians, down from 55 percent in 2007.

The data, published Monday by National Journal’s Next America project, shows that even as White Chris­ti­ans shrink in their over­all num­bers, they still ac­count for nearly 7-in-10 Amer­ic­ans who identi­fy with, or lean to­ward, the Re­pub­lic­an Party.

In fact, the Pew study found that a clear ma­jor­ity of all White Chris­ti­ans across the United States now identi­fy as Re­pub­lic­an. Among non-white Christians, 32 percent identify with or lean toward Democrats, and just 13 percent identify with Republicans.

On the other hand, the National Journal reports that Democrats divide al­most evenly between White Chris­ti­ans, non-White Chris­ti­ans, and those from all races who identi­fy either with a non-Chris­ti­an faith or, in­creas­ingly, with no re­li­gious tra­di­tion at all.

Politico reports that in less than a decade, the gap in Christian identification between Democrats and Republicans has increased by 50 percent.

Perhaps most significant, the data shows that most Amer­ic­ans who don’t identi­fy with any re­li­gious faith—a rap­idly grow­ing group—now align with Demo­crats.

(H/T Politico and National Journal)

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