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.