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Religiously unaffiliated make up largest segment of Obama supporters

Religiously unaffiliated make up largest segment of Obama supporters

The largest demographic of Obama's religious coalition supporters is made up of those who have stated they are not affiliated with a religion. The Public Religion Research Institute's 'American Values Survey' pegs that number to be approximately 23%. The largest percentage that supported Mitt Romney came from white, evangelical Protestants, at 37%.

The survey also revealed that Obama supporters are younger, more diverse and more accepting of growing minority groups. Compared to the older, largely Caucasian and fundamentally religious group that supported the Republican candidate, analysts are predicting the demographic supporting Obama will translate into more wins for the Democrats in future elections.

The survey also highlighted that out of the nearly 20% of the US population that identify as religiously unaffiliated  93% of them were raised in religious homes. This points to a significant trend in the younger demographic moving away from organized religion, or religion altogether.

The 20% figure represents roughly 105 million United States citizens. Using that figure, approximately twenty-five million still identified as religious, but do not belong to a religion. Approximately forty-one million are secularists, or not religious at all. Almost thirty-eight million identify as specifically atheist or agnostic, which translates to approximately 12.5% of the entire US population.

Trending, unbelievers are the fastest growing demographic .

Other findings in the survey point to about ninety percent of atheists and agnostics supporting marriage equality and that religiously affiliated hospitals and colleges should be required to provide health plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost.

Graphics courtesy of Public Religion Research Institute

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
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