How Religion Widens the Partisan Divide

CNN’s Ronald Brownstein reports on a new Public Religion Research Institute poll that demonstrates the growing religious and cultural divide between Republicans and Democrats. Two-thirds of white evangelicals think immigrants are “invading” America, but three-fourths of religiously unaffiliated voters disagree with that statement, according to PRRI. Brownstein writes, “Democrats rely on voters who reflect the nation’s growing racial and religious diversity, while the contracting population of white Christians — especially white evangelical Protestants — tilt more toward the GOP as a vehicle to protect values and a vision of America that they believe is under siege from the forces of change.”

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