Christians are an important demographic in the presidential election. Both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have lobbied for the Christian, and more specifically, the evangelical, vote.
As votes pour in on Election Day and early results are analyzed, it is interesting to look at the religious breakdown of some of the key swing states; namely, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, Iowa, and New Hampshire.
ChristianToday.com reports that in Florida, 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian. Among these, 24 percent identify as Evangelical Protestant, 14 identify as Mainline Protestant, eight percent identify as Black Protestant, and 21 percent identify as Catholic. Among non-Christian faiths, Jews make up the largest portion of the population at three percent. Additionally, 24 percent of people in Florida identify as religiously unaffiliated.
Another key state, Pennsylvania has a similar religious breakdown among its population. Seventy-three percent identify as Christian and 21 percent identify as religiously unaffiliated.
All of the remaining swing states except for Nevada, Colorado, and New Hampshire have a Christian population of 70 percent or above. New Hampshire has the lowest percentage of Christians at 59 percent. New Hampshire also had the highest percentage of religiously unaffiliated at 36 percent.
Iowa, where Trump is favored to win, is 77 percent Christian and 21 percent religiously unaffiliated.
People of other faiths besides Christian, such as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu are not above three percent in any of these swing states.
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Publication date: November 8, 2016