Secular Americans are Shaping Modern Political Landscape
A new national survey demonstrates that issues related to science, including both the federal coronavirus response and climate change, are among the issues driving secular Americans to the voting booth this year. Secular voters’ biggest concern going into the election is the pandemic (47%), and they are the most driven to vote by climate change (25%). More than two-thirds of secular voters report that they will vote for Joe Biden (68%), while just 30% support Donald Trump. Among all registered voters, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by eight points (53-45). Thirty percent of Biden’s support comes from secular voters.
“Secular Americans may have different views about God and identify themselves in different ways, but one thing that unites them is their respect for science. Secular people are very concerned about the general disregard for science today and they give the lowest marks to the president for his handling the pandemic, ” explains Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Managing Partner and Political Research Director at Socioanalitica Research.
The 2020 Secular Voices Survey conducted by Socioanalítica Research also shows that secular Americans are very politically active. The survey provides a unique and nuanced understanding of the relationship between the growing community of secular Americans and the organizations that traditionally serve and mobilize them. More than one quarter of secular Americans have belonged to one of these organizations, and this type of organizational participation is linked to increased individual political engagement.
Secular people involved in secular movement organizations report higher levels of political engagement, including activities like marching, protesting, signing petitions, or financially contributing to political campaigns, than the general population.
“The results of the 2020 Secular Voices Survey demonstrate that contrary to the stereotype of the apathetic atheist, secular people are active members of their communities, and that the people involved in secular movement organizations are among the most engaged and energetic activists in the country today,” added Dr. Navarro-Rivera.
While more than a quarter of Americans are secular, this population represents a collection of distinct identities. Thirty four percent of secular people identify their religion as “atheist” or “agnostic” while 65% identify as not having a religion. While three-quarters of secular
Americans report they seldom or never attend religious services, there are, again, differing opinions on whether or not there is a God. Nearly one-fifth (17%) of secular people say “there is no such thing” as God, while 42% believe “there’s no way to know” (18%) or are “not sure” (24%). Forty-one percent of secular people believe in the supernatural, either in a higher power (24%) or a “personal God” (17%). These views demonstrate that, while many secular Americans vote in similar patterns, their backgrounds and personal beliefs may differ greatly.
View the 2020 Secular Voices Survey report here.
View the 2020 Secular Voices Survey topline questionnaire here.
The 2020 Secular Voices Survey was designed and conducted by Socioanalítica Research LLC. Results of the survey are based on online interviews conducted in English between September 8-10, 2020 among 2,019 adults (621 secular) 18 years of age or older living in the United States.
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