Washington: A preliminary analysis of the 2018 midterm elections showed that Muslims, Jews and religiously unaffiliated voters backed Democratic candidates by large margins, Pew Research Center said Wednesday.
“Religiously unaffiliated voters – also known as religious “nones”, and Jewish voters once again backed Democratic candidates by large margins”, Pew Research Center said.
“Among those who identify with faiths other than Christianity and Judaism – including Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and many others, 73% voted for Democratic congressional candidates while 25% supported Republicans.
This is in sharp contrast to the last election when Hindus had backed Donald Trump for president. The equation however changed this time following Trump’s hugely criticised immigration policy.
Pew Research Center also found considerable continuity in the voting patterns of White evangelical or born-again Christians who backed Republican candidates.
“Three-quarters (75%) of white voters who describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians (a group that includes Protestants, Catholics and members of other faiths) voted for Republican House candidates in 2018”, Pew Research Center said citing National Election Pool (NEP) exit poll data reported by NBC News.
“That is on par with the share who did so in midterm elections in 2014 (78%) and 2010 (77%)”, it said.
“Among Protestants, 56% voted for Republican congressional candidates and 42% backed Democrats”, it said.
“Analysis of the religious composition of the 2018 midterm electorate shows that 17% of voters were religiously unaffiliated, up from 12% in 2014 and 2010”, it said.
Meanwhile, 47% of voters in 2018 were Protestants, down from 53% in 2014 and 55% in 2010. There was little change in the share of voters who identify as Catholic, Jewish or with other faiths. And the 26% of 2018 voters who were white and identify as born-again or evangelical Christians is similar to other recent midterm elections.
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