Research Shows Growing Republican, Democratic 'God Gap'

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Research Shows Growing Republican, Democratic 'God Gap'

A new report by the Pew Research Center shows more evidence of a growing religious divide between Republicans and Democrats, the Christian Post reports. For the last couple decades, election exit polls have shown that those who attend religious services frequently are more likely to vote Republican, while those who attend less frequently, or are nonreligious, have been more likely to vote for Democrats -- a split sometimes called the "God gap." Republicans and Democrats used to be nearly identical in their belief in the existence of God, but Democrats have seen a steady decline over the past decade. While 92 percent of Republicans in 2012 say they never doubt the existence of God, compared with 91 percent in 1987, the proportion of Democrats saying they never doubt the existence of God has dropped 11 percentage points since 1987 to 77 percent in 2012.

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