The Twelve Tribes of American Politics

The religious groups that comprise the U.S. electorate--and how they voted in 2004.

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12.6%



Percent of 2004 voters:

15%



Who are they:

Highly orthodox white evangelical Protestants: 88% believe the Bible is literally true; 87% report attending worship once a week or more; 44% live in the South.



Examples

  • Jerry Falwell
  • James Dobson
  • Tom Delay

  • Ideology:

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    Conservative: 66%, Moderate: 25%, Liberal: 9%



    Party:

    Republican: 70%, Independent: 10%, Democratic: 20%



    Political trend:

    Strongly Republican and getting more so each year.



    How they voted:

    88% of the Religious Right voted for Bush, accounting for 26% of his total votes in the election. Just 12% voted for Kerry, making up 4% of his total votes received.



    What they care about:
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    John Green and Steven Waldman
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