Who are secular voters and how will they shape the political landscape? 


Sign On Letters


37 National Faith-Based, Nontheist, and Religious Liberty Organizations Urge The Senate To Reject Judge Kavanaugh (August 28, 2018)

88 Environmental Justice, Public Health, and Animal Protection Organizations on Proposed Regulations on "Transparency" in Regulatory Science (August 15, 2018)

211 Religious, Child Welfare, Civil Rights, and Secular Organizations Voice Opposition to the Aderholt Amendment (July 26, 2018)

38 Members Of The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) Voice Opposition To The DC Voucher Program (July 23, 2018)




Research Centers


Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life 

The Institute for Humanist Studies

Public Religion Research Institute



Surveys and Polls

Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion-and Why They're Unlikely to Come Back

PRRI, October 13, 2016


U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious 

Pew, November 3, 2015


America's Changing Religious Landscape 

Pew, May 12, 2015


The Changing Religious Landscape: The Rise of the Unaffiliated Presentation

The Religiously Unaffiliated in America Handout

PRRI, May 4, 2015


Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 114th Congress

Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, January 5, 2015  


47% of LGBT adults identify as "not religious."

LGBT Population in U.S. Significantly Less Religious

Gallup, August 11, 2014


52% of Democrats, 29% of Republicans and 15% of Independents identify as "nonreligious Americans."

Religion Remains a Strong Marker of Political Identity in U.S.

Gallup,  July 28, 2014

Faith and Candidates


Just over half of Americans (53%) say they would be less likely to vote for someone who does not believe in God, while only 5% say this would make them more likely to support a candidate.


"A large majority of Protestants (71%) – including 82% of white evangelical Protestants – say they would be less likely to support a candidate who does not believe in God." 


"Catholics would view an absence of belief in God less negatively (48% less likely), while only about a quarter (24%) of the religiously unaffiliated say they would be less likely to favor a candidate who does not believe in God."


"And while 70% of Republicans say they would be less likely to support a candidate who does not believe in God, Democrats are more ambivalent: 42% say they would be less likely to support an atheist, while 49% say it wouldn’t matter to them."


Views of Presidential Traits: Positives and Negatives

Pew Reserach Center for People and the Press, May 19, 2014



The research shows that every subgroup of Americans  inflates their levels of religious participation.

I Know What You Did Last Sunday: Measuring Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Behavior, Belief, and Identity

Public Religion Research Institute, May 17, 2014 



31% of Americans say "Yes, there is a lot of discrimination" against Atheists, up from 26% in 2009

A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues

Public Religion Research Institute, February 26, 2014  


Mississippi Most Religious State (61%), Vermont Least Religious (22%)

State of the States: Average religiousness of states

Gallup, February 3, 2014


Belief in God declined 8% in the past 8 years.

Americans' Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines

Harris Poll, December 16, 2013


Hispanic adults are significantly less Catholic and more religiously unaffiliated than they were as children.

2013 Hispanic Values Survey

Public Religion Research Institute, September 27, 2013


Two-thirds of Americans say houses of worship should not endorse political candidates.

Most Americans Oppose Political Endorsements from Churches

Pew Research Center, August 16, 2013


LGBT adults are less religious than the general public, with 48% having no religious affiliation and 17% identifying as atheist or agnostic.

A Survey of LGBT Americans: Attitudes, Experiences, and Values in Changing Times

Pew Reserach Center, June 13, 2013


Most Americans Say Religion is Losing Influence in the U.S.

Gallup, May 29, 2013


2012 Post-Election American Values Survey & 2012 Ohio Values Survey

Public Religion Research Institute, November 16, 2012  


2012 Pre-Election American Values Survey

Public Religion Research Institute, October 22, 2012  


"Nones" on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation

Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, October 9, 2012


2012 American Values Survey

Pew Center for the People & the Press, June, 4, 2012


A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-Age Millennials

Public Religion Research Institute, April 19, 2012  


Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington, D.C.

Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, November 21, 2011


The Values and Beliefs of the American Public

Baylor Religion Survey, September 2011


Not All Nonbelievers Call Themselves Atheists

Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, April 2, 2009


American Religious Identification Survey 2008

Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, Trinity College, March, 2009


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