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Pay Attention, Democrats: Research Shows Secular Americans Are a Voting Bloc

Oct 9, 2020

By Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera

For more than a decade, I have been chronicling the growth of the secular population, focusing my research particularly on their political behavior. We know that most secular voters in the U.S. vote for Democratic Party presidential candidates. We also know that secular people’s policy preferences and ideological views are to the left of the general population.

What we haven’t known is if secular people actually form a coherent voting bloc.

They may vote for the same candidates and hold similar positions on issues, but their identities and beliefs are too different to be treated as a united front.

The 2020 Secular Voices Survey just released by my firm, Socioanalítica Research, finds that former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, leads Republican incumbent President Donald Trump by eight percentage points (53-45) among registered voters. Biden leads 68-30 among secular voters but is virtually tied with Trump among religious voters. (Trump leads this population 50-49.)

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