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Increasing Partisan Polarization of Religious Beliefs

According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, there are growing partisan differences over the belief in God. In the past 25 years, the percentage of Republicans who never doubt the existence of God has remained steady. However, in that same span of time, the percentage of Democrats who never doubt the existence of God has fallen from 88 percent to 77 percent. Likewise, Independents who never doubt has fallen from 86 to 76 percent.

Further, there is a widening gap over old-fashioned family values. In the past 25 years, Republicans who claim to have old-fashioned family values has dropped from 92 to 88 percent, while Democrats who have old-fashioned values has plummeted from 86 to 60 percent.

Race plays a part in the polarization of partisan differences. In the past twelve years, the percentage of Republicans who are white has remained fairly consistent at 87 percent, but Democrats who are white has fallen from 64 to 55 percent. There has been less change among non-whites.

This research may have several implications. What does it mean for the future polarization of partisan beliefs? Why are fewer whites being associated with the Democratic party? How can this knowledge help our evangelism efforts?

Source: Pew Forum

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