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