Much of the attention for the Republican losses in the last election has been blamed on the fact that its message has alienated minorities and this has serious long-term consequences given the changing demographics of the US. But Mark Silk points out that there is an another widening gap that should terrify the Republican even more and that is one that strikes at the core of its most loyal voting bloc, the religious voter.
He points to this graphic prepared by the Public Religion Research Institute that describes the coming end of the Republican’s ‘white Christian strategy’. When you look at the makeup of religious view of the voters who voted for Obama, it lies somewhere between the 18-29 and 30-49 age cohorts, whereas Romney’s religious distribution most closely resembles the group over 65. Interestingly, it is this same elderly cohort that is also the main viewership of the Fox News network. If they don’t do something to halt that trend, both the Republican party and Fox News will die along with their current audience.
Note the dramatic rise in the unaffiliated segment as one gets younger, from 8% for those over 65 to 32% for those 18-29.