By Secular Coalition for America Staff
The Secular Coalition for America has released its 2016 Presidential Voter Guides for the general election. Candidates from the two major parties received a grade of “A” through “F” based on public statements regarding eight issues related to the separation of church and state, science-based policy, and respect for nontheists.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earned an “A” while Republican nominee Donald Trump earned an “F”.
“The nonreligious are now the largest voting bloc in the country and it is essential that they know where the candidates stand on these critical issues,” said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “These guides will empower secular voters to hold political candidates accountable. Donald Trump’s flunking grade should serve as a wake up call to his campaign about the political peril of pandering to the religious right. This divisive rhetoric no longer resonates with an American electorate that increasingly accepts science, embraces religious pluralism, and values the separation of church and state ”
A poll conducted in July by the Pew Research Center confirms that nonreligious voters are overwhelmingly supporting Hillary Clinton (67%) over Donald Trump (23%).
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