How Christians & Other Groups Voted in 2014 Midterm Elections

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Mark Silk of Religion News reports that according to exit polls America’s various religious groups voted almost the same in the 2014 midterm elections as they did in the last midterm election in 2010, and not much different from the 2012 presidential election.

CHRISTIANS

  • Protestants voted Republican 60%-38% in 2014 (59-38 in 2010; 57-42 in 2012)
  • Catholics voted Republican 53%-45% in 2014 (54-44 in 2010; for Democrats 50-48 in 2012)
  • Regular church attenders (once a week or more) voted Republican 58%-41% in 2014 (58-40 in 2010, 59-39 in 2012)

NO RELIGION (Atheists & Agnostics)

  • “No religion” voted Democratic 69%-29% in 2014 (68-30 in 2010)

OTHER RELIGIONS (Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, etc.)

  • Voters of “other religions” increased from 8% of all voters in 2010 to 11% in 2014.
  • 2 out of 3 “other religions” voted Democratic in 2014, a decrease from 3 out of 4 in 2010
  • Jews voted Democratic 65%-33% in 2014 (66-31 in 2010)

Given the fact that the Christian vote in 2014 was largely the same as in 2012 and 2010, suggests that the GOP wins of both houses of Congress were probably because of low voter turnout of the usual Democratic constituencies (Blacks and Hispanics), rather than increased turnout from traditional GOP voting blocs.


This article was originally posted at the IllinoisReview.com website.