Archive for June 14, 2012
A periodic survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has shed some light on generational differences in religious belief and practice that may soon be reflected in voting behavior.
For some time, a generational shift in support for particular issues has become apparent. For example, 69 percent of those aged 18–30 are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, while 38 percent of those aged over 65 feel the same.
Voting in the 2008 Presidential election divided up along generational lines as well. For example, 66 percent of those under 30 voted for Barack Obama, while only 45 percent of those over 65 did so.
Evangelical Christians are especially unlikely to vote for Barack Obama. In the 2008 election, only 11 percent of Evangelicals voted for Obama. The fact that 22 percent of those polled in 2012 may vote for him is big news, and may represent an Evangelical discomfort with Mitt Romney’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The recent Pew Forum surveys (one from June 2012, bolstered by a more in-depth survey of religious values from February 2010) point up the growing generational divide in religious values.