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Mon Jun 8, 2020, 03:33 PM

(Pew) Christian-identifying Democrats drop by 1/3

The U.S. religious landscape has undergone profound changes in recent years, with the share of Christians in the population continuing to decline.

These shifts are reflected in the composition of the partisan coalitions. Today, Christians make up about half of Democratic voters (52%); in 2008, about three-quarters of Democrats (73%) were Christians. The share of Democratic voters who are religiously unaffiliated has approximately doubled over this period (from 18% to 38%).

The changes among Republicans have been far more modest: Christians constitute 79% of Republican voters, down from 87% in 2008. (Data on religious affiliation dates to 2008; prior to that, Pew Research Center asked a different question about religious affiliation that is not directly comparable to its current measure.)



https://www.people-press.org/2020/06/02/in-changing-u-s-electorate-race-and-education-remain-stark-dividing-lines/

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Reply (Pew) Christian-identifying Democrats drop by 1/3 (Original post)
brooklynite Jun 8 OP
Alacritous Crier Jun 8 #1
TlalocW Jun 8 #2
Major Nikon Jun 8 #3
NeoGreen Jun 9 #4

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 03:54 PM

1. Sounds about right.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 04:09 PM

2. There's been in the last couple of decades

A concerted effort by atheist groups to use the internet to let other closeted atheists know they're not alone and to provide fellowship, which encourages them to come out more. Combine that with people seeing the religious right for what they are, especially for younger people who have their LGBTQ friends attacked by them, and it's no wonder that Nones are now the same percentage of the population as Evangelicals and Christians. And I get there are objections that the religious right doesn't speak for all Christians, especially more tolerant, liberal ones, but they are the loudest, and their attitude has to factor into driving people away from the faith.

Which is fine by me.

TlalocW

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 07:49 PM

3. The percentage of Dem's share of nones is roughly the same as the Rep's share of evangelicals

The reason why the Rep's have been successful is they manage to get those people to the polls by pandering to their issues.

So instead of addressing the issues of the nones in order to get them to the polls, you have some who think our party should instead pander to the evangelicals who aren't coming over regardless.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 11:14 AM

4. I noted that the 2019 Repub distribution is very similar to the 2008 general distribution...

...and it leads me to wonder if the late 2020's Repub distribution could resemble the 2019 general, and then I think of the possibilities beyond that if the trends continue...

What a wonderful world that would be...

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