December 4, 2020         
Ellevate Network Rolls Out Second Iteration of Annual Raise Her Voice Campaign In Honor of International Women's Day and Nationa   •   Gloriae Dei Cantores' Musical Advent Calendar is Available for Listening All the Way to Christmas!   •   Grant Thornton named one of Working Mother’s Top Companies for Executive Women   •   Global Advisor, Colleen Goggins, Joins ZO® Skin Health's Board Of Directors Following Majority Investment By Blackstone   •   MTV Entertainment Group Launches New Initiative to Fuel the Creation of More BIPOC and Women Owned and Operated Production Compa   •   BEERMKR Home Brewing System Is a Beer Lovers Dream Holiday Gift   •   DYSIS Announces Medicare Reimbursement Rates for the New Add-On CPT Code 57465, Which Can Be Used for DYSIS Smart Colposcopy, Ef   •   Nexus Pharmaceuticals Announces Diversity Certification   •   Burns & Levinson Closes Strategic Growth Investment for GA Foods   •   Ulta Beauty Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results   •   BioAesthetics Announces University Clinical Study for its Nipple Reconstruction Graft   •   DDB Latina Celebrates Its Third Time Named As The Most Creative Network At El Ojo de Iberoamerica   •   AEO Updates Payment of Deferred First Quarter Cash Dividend of $0.1375 Per Share, Due to Strong Financial Condition   •   Greenberg Traurig Mexico City Achieves 100% Score on the Human Rights Campaign Equidad MX LGBTQ+ Survey   •   2021 Donate Life Floral Sculpture to Honor Donation and Transplantation Professionals as Donation Healthcare Heroes on New Year&   •   Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Naomi Campbell, Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams, & Tommie Smith As 2020 Recipients In Special Yea   •   Ministers Qualtrough and Bains explore opportunities to improve accessibility requirements for buildings in Canada   •   Scary Mommy And Huggies® Partner To Launch New Series "Up Early Tonight" To Stream On Hulu   •   Communitech’s Fierce Founders Uplift: Levelling the Playing Field and Shattering Glass Ceilings   •   The Creators Of The Elf On The Shelf® Spark Christmas Cheer With A Virtual Elf Pets® Merry Movie Night On Sunday, Decemb
Bookmark and Share

Poll: Republican Party Highly Religious Whites

 PRINCETON, NJ -- About 9 out of 10 Republicans are non-Hispanic whites, and more than half of these are highly religious. That compares with 62% of the Democratic rank-and-file that is white and largely less religious, with blacks and Hispanics making up a much more substantial part of that party's base.

These results are based on aggregated data from more than 220,000 Americans surveyed from early January through Aug. 15 of this year as part of Gallup Daily tracking. Whites classified as highly religious are those who say religion is important in their daily lives and who report attending religious services weekly or almost every week. Hispanics include everyone who identifies as Hispanic, regardless of race.

The mixture of religion and politics in the United States came to the fore again this past weekend at Glenn Beck's high-visibility "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C. Beck mentioned God and religion frequently in his remarks. The rally was billed as nonpolitical, but the presence of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Beck's involvement with the politically oriented Tea Party movement, and Beck's own avowedly conservative persona and positions on the issues brought a political perspective to the event.

Gallup Daily tracking data reviewed in this analysis confirm that religion, along with race, is a significant factor in defining Republicans, independents, and Democrats. Eighty-eight percent of Republicans are white, compared with 71% of independents and 62% of Democrats. The majority of white Republicans are highly religious, while the substantial majority of white Democrats are less religious.

All in all, 47% of Republicans in the U.S. today can be classified as highly religious whites, compared with 24% of independents and 19% of Democrats.

Religious distinctions in the American political landscape today are underscored when one examines the political spectrum by both party and ideology. The percentage of highly religious white Americans within each of the resulting political groups ranges from a high of 50% among conservative Republicans to 13% among liberal Democrats.

Of note is the substantial difference in the religious composition of conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans. White conservative Republicans are more likely to be highly religious than less religious, while white moderate/liberal Republicans are more frequently in the latter category. In similar but less dramatic fashion, both conservative and moderate/liberal white Democrats are more likely to be highly religious than are liberal white Democrats, although in all Democratic groups, less religious whites predominate over highly religious whites.

Implications

Americans who identify as Republicans in America today, particularly those who identify as conservative Republicans, are disproportionately likely to be highly religious whites, in contrast with both the population as a whole and the other political segments. Republicans are not monolithically white and religious, however; half are either less religious whites or people of other racial or ethnic groups. But conservative Republicans have the highest proportion of religious whites of any of the six major partisan/ideological groups -- including almost four times as many on a proportionate basis as is the case among liberal Democrats -- which highlights the significance of religion in today's political landscape.



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News