Changing Religious Landscape Challenges Influence of White Christian Vote

A new survey conducted after the election last week confirms that winning an overwhelming majority of white Christian voters is no longer sufficient to secure the presidency.

The 2012 Post-Election American Values Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), found that like previous GOP candidates, Governor Mitt Romney’s base in last week’s election was largely made up of white Christians.

Specifically, 8-in-10 (79 percent) Romney voters were white Christians, half of whom (40 percent) were white evangelical Protestants. On the other hand, President Barack Obama’s coalition rested on the two very different cornerstones: minority Christians and the religiously unaffiliated. Only 35 percent of Obama’s voters were white Christians. [cont.]

Public Religion Research Institute