Source: USA Today
A recent report from BBC cites Protestants are no longer a majority in the US. According to a recent Pew survey, only 48% identify as Protestants. Coincidentally, NPR published a report that 20% of Americans now identify themselves as “religiously unaffiliated” or “Nones”. According to the NPR article, there is little evidence to show this population will become more religious as they get older.
The implications of this shift from a Protestant majority and an increase in ”religiously unaffiliated” population is politically significant. The NPR article finds this growing group who are “religiously unaffiliated” are turned off by the religious-laden language used in politics and they heavily lean Democrat.
This population shift no doubt raises alarm to conservative Christians, who have held significant political clout. However, I believe this will only alienate them from the larger moderate and more secular voting public. The BBC article points out that for the first time in our history there is not a a Protestant on the Republican Presidential ticket and there are currently no Protestant Supreme Court Justices.