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The gap between Democrat and Republican churchgoers has widened, according to a new Gallup poll.

The new report shows that 52 percent of Democrats seldom or never attend church. Democrats who attend weekly dropped two percent  from 29 to 27 percent – since the first quarter of 2008.

“The survey digs deeper in the demographics of Democrats in America,” reported Paul Stanley for the Christian Post, “finding they are becoming less white and more liberal from a similar sampling surveyed in early 2008, allowing political scientists to see how the Democrats have evolved since President Obama has occupied the White House.

“Democrats by and large, are moving further to the left in their political views,” reports Stanley. “Of those polled, 37 percent identified themselves as ‘liberals,’ compared to 35 percent in 2008. Interestingly, this move leftward occurred during the same time that Republicans were winning more seats in Congress and in state houses around the country, thus deepening the divide between the two major parties.

“It’s not surprising to learn that a majority of those who have ‘liberal’ views don’t pass through the church doors very often,” said conservative sociologist Todd Alridge. “All of the social views that politically divide us such as marriage, abortion and homosexuality are rooted in Scripture. If you don’t subscribe to a Christian worldview, or for that matter any other religious belief, then the only basis for your personal beliefs will be from what you see and experience through mass media or through your own personal experiences.”

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