A Dual View of the Republican Party’s Religious Issues


By Angela Wills

Americans who have none or very little affiliation with areas of religion now have a big voice involving politics of America. This is strongly represented by a senator, who has almost no religious views, proceeding to compete for nomination of the Democratic Party.

In conducted polls, studies suggest that those candidates who claim unaffiliated to any religious outlet have experienced increases from a bit more than 16% in 07’ to a groping 22.8% today. This appears to be the group that is rising the fastest in the campaign platform.

It is fair to say that the largest group represented in the Democratic Party is made up of those who have no religious affiliations. The group consists largely of agnostics, atheists and also constituents who aren’t members of any particular church.

They remain less present in the GOP, yet have increased from 10% to 14% since the year of 2007.

This all comes a little more than a decade after the 2004 Republican candidates clinched on to the theme of “values voters” that aimed at reeling voters in to vote George W. Bush as president. Since this time, religion and social platforms have been the primary strength of Republican Party campaigns, but not as much as before.

In fact, the rapid-rising share of Americans with no religious affiliations could perhaps undervalue the decreasing influence that religion has on politics. This is due to the fact that the largest representatives of non-affiliates are those who lay claims to no particular religion and very few atheists and agnostics. Claiming no ties to a specific religion doesn’t mean there is a belief that there is no God, but instead indicative that they don’t have an affiliation with a particular religious group.

Collected data reflects that there is a trending growth in the unaffiliated group, and they also seem to be becoming more secular.

There have been large scale reviews and surveys that indicate that the Republicans are faced with genuine demographic issues regarding the rapid growing share of Latinos in the electorate.

However, it is also revealed that a party that has affiliated itself with extremely religious Americans and proceeds to cater a large amount of its electoral appeal to them, is also coming face to face with an electorate that is rapidly transitioning in a direction that will not largely recognize that approach. The issue isn’t as direct as it is with Latinos but it is clear that it is true problem.