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  •  No religeon (3+ / 0-)

    does not mean atheist if you compare this to other polling I have seen.  What I seen in other surveys if you parse the data is that there is a fairly large group of people with what you might term christian leaning beliefs - but with no organized religious affiliation.

    Understanding the nones belief system is really important - and I wonder how much data we have.  Are they voting democrat on social issues? On economic ones? On foreign policy? My sense is their concerns are more social and about war and peace - but I could be dead wrong about that.

    The Catholic sub-group in some ways is misleading as well.  Many Catholics say they are Catholic because it is part of their identity - not because it represents their beliefs.  Moreover Hispanic Catholics have tended in polling I have seen to tend to the left on economic issues.

    Great post - by the way.

    •  Catholicism is often an ethnic/social identity (1+ / 0-)
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      ...in a similar way to how being Jewish transcends whether or not one is a religious believer.

      Few question the idea that someone can be a Jewish athiest.  The same is becoming true for Catholics, despite the protests of the right-wing bishops.

    •  What I would find interesting (0+ / 0-)

      is whether or not people become more religious, e.g. increasingly trending to more organized religions as they get older and the prospect of death becomes more relevant to their "beliefs".

      Call it - hedging your bets.....

      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

      by Da Rock on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 08:55:18 AM PDT

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