3Center or American Progress | Courting the ‘None’ Vote
o have srong religious belies, only one-hird o he unaliaed, he majoriy o whomare Democras, eel he same way. Te unaliaed are also more likely han he generalpublic o say ha churches should say ou o poliical maters (66 percen versus 54percen).
(see Figure 2) And alhough only 38 percen o he general populaion is uncomorable wih a polii-cian who alks abou his or her religious belies, exacly hal o he unaliaed ake issue wih a vocally pious candidae.
Demographically speaking, he religiously unaliaed are simulaneously unusu-ally diverse and srikingly homogenous. Te Pew survey repored ha he increase in“nones” ranscends income bracke, educaion level, and geographic region, dispellinghe sereoype ha people abandon religion because o higher educaion, increased wealh, or urbanizaion.
Ye he survey also ound ha he religiously unaliaed areoverwhelmingly whie, wih only negligible increases among Arican Americans in hepas ew years. Many are also young—roughly one in hree Americans under 30 (32percen) now claim o have no religious aliaion.
Te average unaliaed voer can hus be undersood as a young whie Democra o undeermined income and educaion who doesn’ necessarily dislike religion bu isuncomorable wih is role in he public square.
Courting the “none vote”: Preaching to the choir?
A rs glance, he growh o he religiously unaliaed would appear o be a windall orhe Democraic Pary. When speaking a he Religion Newswriers Associaion Conerencewo weeks ago, John Green, proessor o poliical science a he Universiy o Akron in Ohio,noed ha he “nones” could very well become “as imporan o he Democraic Pary coali-ion as he radiionally religious are o he Republican Pary coaliion.”
o be sure, he unaliaed don’ seem o need much convincing when i comes oendorsing many ideals associaed wih he Democraic Pary. In ac, hey are wice aslikely o describe hemselves as poliical liberals han conservaives, and solid majoriiessuppor legal aborion (72 percen) and same-sex marriage (73 percen).
(see Figure 3on ollowing page)Te PRRI American Values Survey, urhermore, ound ha he unchurched over- whelmingly suppor increasing axes on he wealhy (70 percen).
Tereore, hedriving values o his group are no much dieren han hose o mos liberals: Teunaliaed appear o be more passionae han mos Americans in heir suppor orDemocraic causes such as marraige equaliy and legal aborion.
The “nones” opposechurch political activism
Percentage of Americans whobelieve churches should stayout of political matters