The Graying Religious Right

Public Religion Research Institute breaks down the religious beliefs of  Romney’s and Obama’s supporters (click to enlarge):


Mark Silk declares that “Republicans should be more worried about appealing to Nones than to Latinos”:

Romney’s coalition most closely matches the over-65 crowd, only older. It’s whiter and less religiously diverse than seniors are. Call it your great-grandfather’s Oldsmobile.

By contrast, Obama’s coalition fits snugly in between the youth cohort of 18-to-29-year-old Millennials and the 30-49-year-old Gen-Xers. It’s unsurprisingly overrepresented among African-Americans and a little light on evangelicals and “other Christians,” but generally presents a fair picture of where America’s religious layout is headed in the coming decades.