Double click on the image to see it in full screen. This chart comes from the Public Religion Research Institute and their findings are consistent with what Americans saw in the 2012 election – the older someone was – the more religious and more likely they were to vote for a Republican wherein the younger they were – the more likely the were to be unaffiliated with any religion and more likely to vote Democratic. I am very happy to see a more diverse America; it is far more desirable to see multiple groups with voting influence as opposed to just one – the religious white.
As a non-religious person – I am very content to see people practice their faiths without fear of government influence or involvement … I would fight for their right to do so. But as a non-religious person – I do not want anyone’s religious beliefs to influence, muddy or corrupt a secular, good governance policy. I firmly believe in the separation of Church and State to protect both the Church and the State; I believe in this to protect the rights of the minority and to avoid persecuting others for their beliefs or lack thereof. And now – Republicans realize they have to branch out to more than just white evangelicals. They’re going to need to win people in the non-religious groups and non-white groups.
That’s going to force the Republican party to change some of its policy positions and I welcome the day when we have some sane Republicans to consider for government. Unfortunately – that day doesn’t currently exist.
You can find the full survey HERE; an excerpt:
When viewed through the lens of religion and race, the voting coalitions of Romney and Obama appear starkly different.
- Nearly 8-in-10 (79%) voters in Romney’s coalition are white Christians. By contrast, just over one-third (35%) of voters in Obama’s coalition are white Christians.
- The foundation of Romney’s base consists primarily of white evangelical Protestants, who constitute 40% of his coalition. Obama’s coalition rests on two very different groups: minority Christians—a group that includes black, Asian, Hispanic, and mixed-race Christians—(31%) and the religiously unaffiliated (25%).
- Notably, Obama’s religious coalition resembles the religious composition of younger voters, while Romney’s religious coalition resembles the religious composition of senior voters. For example, 26% of Millennial voters are white Christians, compared to 72% of senior voters.
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