How Democrats are Stealing Religious Voters: GOP Needs New Strategy

The Democrats are surging ahead in the United States, thanks to the country’s rapid secularization over the last decade. Religious advocates, who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation, believe that Republican Party leaders need to re-strategize and focus on issues that will encourage both religious and non-religious Americans to expand their base. The popularity of religion has been declining in the country for decades, and areas that have become more secular tend to lean more favorably toward Democrats, with the reverse being true for citizens who still side with Republicans. Thus, the Republican Party needs to align itself more closely with those who appreciate or participate in religion if they are to overcome this democratic surge.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian nonprofit organization the Family Research Council, highlighted the importance of appealing to parents who are concerned about the secular ideology taught in schools and colleges. Perkins stated that the Democratic party’s future lies with secular white suburban voters who are mostly indifferent or even hostile to religion. In comparison, the future of the Republican Party lies with those who have an appreciation for religion. Religious Americans, therefore, must form the backbone of the party if they are to offset the Democrats’ strong leaning towards secularism.

An analysis of Census data from 2020 reveals that states that have become less religiously affiliated over the last ten years have tilted towards Democratic Party candidates in past election cycles. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, for instance, have become significantly less religious in the past decade, making them prime targets for the Democrats. Democrats’ rising popularity in these areas has shifted towards non-moral absolutism, as explained by Logan Church, the campaign director for CatholicVote. This shift makes sense as communities without a consistent moral code resort to validating their choices by seeking political groups that align with their views.

Delano Squires, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family, perceives the protective nature of children as a potential avenue for expanding the Republican party beyond just religious circles. He believes that the increased normalization of gender identity is pushing some secular voters to consider voting for the GOP. Moreover, despite the uphill battle, religious advocates still believe that religious Americans will turn up in full force to help fight the Democrats’ agenda of abolishing moral truth.

In conclusion, the Democratic Party’s uncanny success in incorporating a post-religious vision into their strategies has placed them at the forefront of the United States’ political arena. This surge has left the Republicans scrambling for solutions to tap into the remaining religious communities and appeal to non-religious voters simultaneously. If the Republicans do not adapt their strategies, Democrats will undoubtedly continue to gain ground, according to religious advocates who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Source: The Daily Caller

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