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The relationship between religiosity and political affiliation

Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:50 a.m. MDT

Very religious Americans are more likely to be Republican, while the nonreligious are more likely to be Democrats, according to a new poll from Gallup.

Gallup defined “very religious” citizens as those who feel religion is an important part of their daily lives and attend religious services almost every week. “Moderately religious” indicates people who either attend services regularly although they do not consider religion important to them, or do consider religion to be important but don’t regularly attend services. “Nonreligious” citizens are those who do not consider religion an important part of their lives and do not attend services.

Almost half of very religious Americans are Republicans, according to Gallup, while just over half of nonreligious Americans are Democrats.

“Even as overall party identification trends in the U.S. have shifted over the past six and half years, the relationship between religion and party identification has remained consistent,” Gallup wrote. “The relationship between religiosity and party identification in the U.S. has been both constant across time and most demographic groups within the population, including age, gender, region, and socio-economic status.”

The only demographic exception to this trend is black Americans, who have a very different relationship between religiousness and political party.

“Blacks are very religious on average, but the political orientation of blacks who are nonreligious does not vary significantly from those who are very religious,” Gallup wrote. “Democratic affiliation among black Americans hovers near 75 percent within all three religious groups of black Americans.”

Read the entire study here.

Bethan Owen is a writer for the Deseret News Moneywise and Opinion sections. Twitter: BethanO2

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