Since the hot topic of the week is “Christian nationalism,” I think we should take a closer look at the politics of Christians and atheists in order to better visualize the political landscape.
42% of voters are Protestants
21% of voters are Catholics
28% of voters are non-religious
9% are others like Jews, Hindus and Muslims
White evangelical Protestants (WEPs) anchor the Right. Non-religious voters anchor the Left. There are atheists, agnostics and irreligious voters in all swathes of the American Right as well as Christians in all swathes of the American Left. Christians are a minority on the Far Left and atheists and the non-religious are a minority on the Far Right.
The politics of atheists are lopsided though: 69% are Democrats and 56% are liberals to 15% who are Republicans and 10% who are conservatives. Half of voters on the Left are irreligious.
Rightwing atheists tend to be libertarians with liberal views on social issues:
If you are a rightwing atheist who isn’t a libertarian who is a racial nationalist with strong views on social issues, you are part of a vanishingly small swath of irreligious voters. Probably less than 5% of atheists share your views.
4 out of 10 Republican voters are evangelicals.
8 out of 10 Republican voters are Christians
90% of Trump voters are strong Christians
Here is what Trump voters think about their race and religion: