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  • Religion remains strong indicator of political affiliation in U.S.

  • The relationship between religion and political party identification has remained consistent since 2008, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
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  • The relationship between religion and political party identification has remained consistent since 2008, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Americans who are very religious are more likely to identify with the Republican Party as compared to those who are moderately religious or nonreligious.
    Of the “very religious” — defined as those who say religion plays an important part in their daily lives and attend services weekly or almost weekly — almost half, 49 percent, identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, with 36 percent indicating a lean or identification with the Democratic Party and 11 percent as independent.
    Among moderately religious poll respondents, 44 percent identified as Democrats, with 38 percent Republican and 14 percent independant.
    Nonreligious respondents — those who seldom or never attend services and do not consider religion an important part of their lives — leaned 52 percent as Democratic, 29 percent as Republican and 15 percent as independent.
    An exception to the relationship between religion and political affiliation is seen in black Americans. That demographic group identifies as Democratic at about 75 percent, regardless of religion grouping.
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