How changes in religious affiliation impact US politics

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.

2 responses to “How changes in religious affiliation impact US politics

  1. Love the term Nora-it sounds a little better, I agree.
    I am not affiliated with a church, although I am religious. That does not mean that I -or anyone, necessarily – will affiliate themselves with a party.
    I am a registered independent, and vote that way. I am sure others would think my voting history to be “erratic”, but it is with intent that I vote.
    Sadly, neither party offers me, as an American, what I think we need, and that is: inclusion of all cultures into one (meaning that everyone is welcome) with responsible and realistic immigration laws that can be enforced. protection of all citizens, especially the needy and ill, and fiscal responsibility for all, especially those who create and administer our laws.
    OUr deficit has mounted to a perilous number, and no one wants to address spending in Washington.
    Matrimony is limited to heterosexual couples because of religious rhetoric.
    Yes, it is important to be respectful and secular. I do not believe that either party offers that.


  2. They can’t come up with a better less negative term then Nones? How about RU’s – Religiously Unaffiliated or NORA – No Organized Religious Affiliations) They’re short, catchy and just need a good PR campaign like the NRA.



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