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Gallup Poll Reports Record Number Of U.S. Adults Comfortable With Atheist Presidential Candidates

February 17, 2020

Last week, Gallup released a new poll that shows a record number of Americans are willing to vote for an atheist president.

 

The poll, released on Tuesday, shows that 60% of those polled would vote for an atheist candidate. That is up two points since 2015 and is up a whopping fifteen points since 2007.

 

It marks the highest level of support for an atheist candidate since polling began in the 1950's.

While an increase of only two points in five years may not seem like much, it is at least a change in the right direction. There is still a lot of work to be done to get that percentage higher, but at least progress is being made.

Back in October, I wrote about a study conducted by the Pew Research Center that focused on why Americans are leaving Christianity in droves. That study reiterated earlier findings that showed how younger generations were much more likely to abandon religion versus members of older generations.

That came after a 2017 study found that earlier reporting may have not been as accurate as previously thought. Two psychologists at the University of Kentucky found that there may be many more atheists and agnostics in the United States than earlier studies predicted. It came down, partially, to how the survey questions were posed.

Perhaps most importantly to this topic, however, is a Pew Research Center study I wrote about back in November. That study found that the majority of citizens in the United States want religion kept separate from politics.

Now there is some real progress!

That study found 63% of adults want religious institutions to stay out of politics while 76% think that religious institutions should not endorse specific candidates.

That is fairly consistent with the results of this new study finding 60% of people comfortable with voting for an atheist.

While there is definitely still a lot of work to be done, it does at least seem that as the older, religion-obsessed guard continue to die off or retire, the younger generations are ready to embrace politics free of religious dogma.

The sooner the better...

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