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trotsky

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Wed Sep 7, 2016, 08:58 AM Sep 2016

Religion decline helps the Democratic Party [View all]

http://www.cheboygannews.com/news/20160906/james-a-haught-religion-decline-helps-democratic-party

...People who tell pollsters that their religion is "none" have increased rapidly to one-fourth of the U.S. population. They're expected to continue rising because one-third of Americans under 30 have ceased worshiping.

This trend has political significance, because those who don't attend church are strongly liberal, progressive and Democratic in their values. The "none" segment may decide the Nov. 8 national election.

"The Decline of Religion is the GOP's Real Demographic Crisis" is the title of a research report by journalist Matthew Sheffield, who is writing a book on the trend.

He points out that Republican Mitt Romney clearly won the 2012 presidential election, as far as U.S. churchgoers are concerned — but churchless voters killed Romney in state after state. Sheffield wrote: "In seven key states — Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and New Hampshire — Mitt Romney won the majority of the Christian vote but ended up losing overall because he was defeated so soundly among non-Christians."
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