Number Of Democratic Voters Identifying As Christian Has Plummeted Since 2008
The report “drew from an analysis of surveys conducted with approximately 360,000 registered voters over the past quarter century, including over 12,000 in 2018 and 2019.”
Here are some key findings:
In 2008, 73 percent of Democratic voters identified as Christian.
In 2019, only 52 percent of Democratic voters identified as Christian — a 21 percent decrease in just 11 years.
The largest decline came from white Christians, who dropped from 45 percent of Democratic voters to just 26 percent.
Republican Christian voters also experienced a decline but by just 8 points, from 87 percent in 2008 to 79 percent in 2019.
Among Republicans, non-white Christians actually increased from 10 percent to 14 percent.
There were also sharp religious divides between the two parties, with white evangelicals far more likely to identify as or lean Republican (78 percent) and Hispanic Catholics far more likely to identify as or lean Democrat (68 percent).
Pew observed: “The U.S. religious landscape has undergone profound changes in recent years, with the share of Christians in the population continuing to decline. These shifts are reflected in the composition of the partisan coalitions.”
While some have said Democrats have a “God problem,” the findings support that both sides have become less religious, at least in the American sense of Christianity.