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Research Shows Growing Republican, Democratic 'God Gap'
Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2012 | Napp Nazworth

Posted on 06/20/2012 5:24:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A new report by Pew Research Center shows more evidence of a growing religious divide between Republicans and Democrats.

For the last couple of decades, election exit polls have shown a partisan divide based upon religious participation. Those who attend religious services frequently have been more likely to vote Republican while those who attend religious services less frequently, or are nonreligious, have been more likely to vote for Democrats. This split is sometimes called the "God gap."

Pew Research Center finds further evidence for this growing partisan split in its values survey, conducted every five years.

Respondents were asked whether or not they doubt the existence of God. Republican answers have remained high and stable since the first values survey in 1987. Ninety-two percent of Republicans in 2012 said they never doubt the existence of God, which is about the same as it was in 1987 – 91 percent.

Whereas Republicans and Democrats used to be nearly identical in their belief in the existence of God, Democrats have seen a steady decline over the past decade. The proportion of Democrats saying they never doubt the existence of God has dropped 11 percentage points to 77 percent in 2012.

Among white Democrats, the change is even more dramatic. (Blacks, who comprise 25 percent of the Democratic Party, have higher levels of religiosity than whites.) White Democrats dropped 17 percentage points – from 85 percent in 2002 to 68 percent in 2012. Independents have seen a similar decline and match Democrats in their belief in the existence of God.

The difference is greater still when looking at non-Latino whites and adding two more religious values questions. Eighty-three percent of non-Latino white Republicans agreed that prayer was an important part of their daily life, "we will all be called before God at Judgment Day," and they never doubt the existence of God. Only half (50 percent) of non-Latino white Democrats felt the same way.

Also, Pew Research asked respondents if they "have old-fashioned values about family and marriage." In 1987, 86 percent of Democrats said they do, nearly as much as the 92 percent of Republicans who agreed. By 2007, only 70 percent of Democrats said they have old-fashioned values about family and marriage. That number dropped further to 60 percent in 2012. Republicans, meanwhile, only dropped slightly, to 86 percent in 2007 and 88 percent in 2012.

Pew Research concludes that the growing "God gap," which is one part of an increasing divide between the two parties on a wide range of issues, is due to the trend toward secularism among Democrats.

"From 1987 through the end of the 1990s Republicans and Democrats expressed roughly equal levels of religious commitment. But since then, Republican commitment has held steady, while a declining majority of Democrats hold traditional religious views. The trend away from religion has become substantial among liberal Democrats in particular," the report states.


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: democrats; godgap; republicans

1 posted on 06/20/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Both parties are hostile to religious voters.


2 posted on 06/20/2012 5:26:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Democrats don’t believe in G-d but they DO believe money comes from trees to pay for government goodies for everyone! Yippee!


3 posted on 06/20/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: SeekAndFind
Independents have seen a similar decline and match Democrats in their belief in the existence of God.

Further evidence that Independents are really Democrats, but ashamed to admit it.

4 posted on 06/20/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT by randita
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To: ari-freedom

The modern leftwing worldview sees a huge government as their god and they dislike how Christians who believe in the one true God don’t agree with them. Remember Maobama’s “guns and religion” speech?


5 posted on 06/20/2012 6:08:05 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, Dims believe in god, alright: his name is Marx.


6 posted on 06/20/2012 6:10:45 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: ari-freedom

He who believes that money comes from trees should fear the unicorn’s horn that will be inserted where the government directs.


7 posted on 06/20/2012 6:17:02 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure I believe this

Blacks are the most religious out of all races and least likely to be Atheists yet they are of course the most likely to vote for Democrats

Hispanics are the 2nd most religious and 2nd most likely to vote for Democrats


8 posted on 06/20/2012 6:34:06 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure I believe this

Blacks are the most religious out of all races and least likely to be Atheists yet they are of course the most likely to vote for Democrats

Hispanics are the 2nd most religious and 2nd most likely to vote for Democrats


9 posted on 06/20/2012 6:34:29 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: SeekAndFind

As was promised, God is separating wheat from chaff!


10 posted on 06/20/2012 7:24:36 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: qam1

This was already pointed out in the article. The difference is among white democrats.


11 posted on 06/21/2012 2:21:53 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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