Once again i have come across some interesting stats from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. There seems to be a pattern that most assume in voting trends and political and religious affiliations. Generally speaking, religiously inclined people tend to vote more often, and they tend to identify with the Republican Party on social issues such as homosexuality, prayer in public schools, abortion rights, sex education, gays in the military, contraceptives and others. Perhaps party differentials may not be as divisive on issues such as the size of government, and economic and foreign policy issues? However, these issues may play a part, perhaps their role is less important to religious voters than social issues are? Or, perhaps social issues have been downplayed and are a much larger and important issue in the eyes of the average religious voter, being on par with issues such as economic and foreign policy? Here are some stats that may address these assumptions:
First and foremost, this first stat correlates religious affiliation with presidential voting in the last three races of 2000, 2004 and 2008.