Democrats Rely on Non-Religious Voters
"**Seculars have become an increasing portion of the Democratic electoral coalition and especially of the party's activist base," says Geoffrey
Layman of the University of Maryland, who dates the trend from 1972 and considered it obvious by 1992.
A religiously linked values clash is redefining U.S. politics, Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio of City University of New York say. If Republicans are
labeled the party of religious traditionalists, they assert, "the Democrats with equal validity can be called the secularist party."
A spring University of Akron poll of 4,000 adults showed Americans without religious affiliation are 17 percent of self-identified Democrats, rivaling
the party's traditional blocs of white Catholics (18 percent) and black Protestants (16 percent). Secularists favored John Kerry (news - web sites)
over George W. Bush by 57.4 percent to 27.2 percent, with the rest backing others or undecided. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2
And a Pew Research Center poll of 1,512 adults, reported Tuesday, showed more Americans see the Republican Party as "generally friendly to religion"
(52 percent) than the Democratic (40 percent).
Political scientists say polls correlating religious behavior or belief with party alignment indicate the "God gap" is more significant than most
factors, including the gender gap.
Similarly, scholars' surveys of delegates to the parties' 2000 conventions found contrasts on weekly worship attendance (59 percent for Republican
delegates, 35 percent for Democrats) and conservative beliefs about the Bible (54 percent for Republicans, 26 percent for Democrats).
Bolce says some voters aren't just non-religious but anti-religious. Surveys have shown hostility toward evangelicals and fundamentalists among a
segment of Democrats, including more than half of 1992 convention delegates. Unlike anti-Catholic bias through the 1920s, "it's more a prejudice of
the educated classes," he says.
Firebase asks: So I got a question for you, how many of you Kerry loving Democrats think this report is on the money? From what I have seen going on
inside the Demo-crated Party I would agree with Geoffrey Layman of the University of Maryland, and that my brothers and sisters is the reason I'll
never vote Democrat again. Wave bye Democrats as you take the express elevator to hell. Now that is funny.
** Nice word for people who do not believe in God.