Poll Finds Most Religious U.S. Cities Vote With GOP, Least Religious With Democrats

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A poll released last week links Americans’ measure of religious devotion with geography, noting a clear pattern shared among the Nation’s most-religious (and least-religious) cities.

The Gallup poll, which ranks residents of America’s metropolitan areas from most religious to least, noted the majority of areas where people strongly identify with religion lie predominantly in the South, as well as in Mormon-dominated Utah.

The Provo-Orem, Utah, metro area topped the list, with more than 77 percent of residents who responded identifying themselves as “highly religious” and only 12 percent claiming they are “not religious.” Following Provo as “highly religious” cities are Montgomery, Ala. (64 percent); Jackson, Miss. (63 percent); Birmingham-Hoover, Ala. (56 percent); and Huntsville, Ala. (55 percent).

Other Southern cities also approached the top of the list, including metro areas in South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Only one Northern metro — Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. — was listed among the top 10.

For purposes of the survey, “highly religious” means respondents attend worship services weekly or almost weekly.

By contrast, Northern and Western cities abound on the bottom of the chart, with Burlington-South Burlington, Vt., claiming the fewest respondent — 17 percent — who identify themselves as “highly religious,” followed closely by Boulder, Colo. (17 percent); Manchester-Nashua, N.H. (21 percent); Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine (21 percent); and Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif. (23 percent). The metro areas of San Francisco; Eugene, Ore.; Boston; Bremerton, Wash.; and Albany, N.Y., rounded out the bottom 10.

Using the poll’s numbers, it’s simple to relate so-called “religious” areas with residents’ mainstream political leanings, as CNS News has done:

The poll results show that the states with the 10 least religious metro-areas went to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, while nine of the 10 most religious metro-areas were in states that went to Republican Mitt Romney.

In the bottom five cities on the list — plus San Francisco; Bremerton; Springfield, Mass.; and Bellingham, Wash. — more than 50 percent of those surveyed indicated they were “not religious” at all.

Taken in the context of another Gallup survey done in late 2012, it’s apparent that more Americans identify culturally with religion — primarily Catholicism or Protestant Christianity — than actually practice it in their daily lives. However, the survey does seem to indicate that such a strong cultural connection to Christianity is closely linked with conservative voting patterns in mainstream national politics.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Dave

    The more rational and intelligent you are more likely to be liberal and therefore more likely to vote for Democrats. That is an extraordinary discovery. Wow….

  • WTS/JAY

    Our nation’s top historians reveal that the Democratic Party gave us the Ku Klux Klan, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws and other repressive legislation which resulted in the multitude of murders, lynchings, mutilations, and intimidations (of thousands of black and white Republicans). On the issue of slavery: historians say the Democrats gave their lives to expand it, the Republicans gave their lives to ban it.

    The Democrats:

    Democrats fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it.

    Democrats passed those discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.

    Democrats supported and passed the Missouri Compromise to protect slavery.

    Democrats supported and passed the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery.

    Democrats supported and backed the Dred Scott Decision.

    Democrats opposed educating blacks and murdered our teachers.

    Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws.

    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is well known for having been a “Kleagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.

    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from passage.

    Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans.

    Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.

    Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, reintroduced segregation throughout the federal government immediately upon taking office in 1913.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City in 1922.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt resisted Republican efforts to pass a federal law against lynching.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposed integration of the armed forces.

    Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Democrats supported and backed Judge John Ferguson in the case of Plessy v Ferguson.

    Democrats supported the School Board of Topeka Kansas in the case of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.

    Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

    Democrats were who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other protesters were fighting.

    Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox “brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant.

    Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be segregation forever.

    Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools.

    Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act.

    Democrat President John F. Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King.

    Democrat President John F. Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI.

    Democrat President Bill Clinton’s mentor was U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and a supporter of racial segregation.

    Democrat President Bill Clinton interned for J. William Fulbright in 1966-67.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright signed the Southern Manifesto opposing the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright joined with the Dixiecrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Southern Democrats opposed desegregation and integration.

    Democrats opposed:

    The Emancipation Proclamation

    The 13th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment

    The Reconstruction Act of 1867

    The Civil Rights of 1866

    The Enforcement Act of 1870

    The Forced Act of 1871

    The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

    The Civil Rights Act of 1875

    The Freeman Bureau

    The Civil Rights Act of 1957

    The Civil Rights Act of 1960

    The United State Civil Rights Commission

    Republicans gave strong bi-partisan support and sponsorship for the following legislation:

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The 1968 Civil Rights Acts

    The Equal Opportunity Act of 1972

    Goals and Timetables for Affirmative Action Programs

    Comprehensive Employment Training Act of 1973

    Voting Rights Act of Amendment of 1982

    Civil Rights Act of 1983

    Federal Contract Compliance and Workforce Development Act of 1988

    The Republicans:

    Republicans enacted civil rights laws in the 1950’s and 1960’s, over the objection of Democrats.

    Republicans founded the HBCU’s (Historical Black College’s and Universities) and started the NAACP to counter the racist practices of the Democrats.

    Republicans pushed through much of the ground-breaking civil rights legislation in Congress.

    Republicans fought slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship and the right to vote.

    Republicans pushed through much of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation from the 1860s through the 1960s.

    Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sent troops into the South to desegregate the schools.

    Republican President Eisenhower appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, was the one who pushed through the civil rights laws of the 1960’s.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing.

    Republican and black American, A. Phillip Randolph, organized the 1963 March by Dr. King on Washington.

    History reveals that it was Abolitionists and Radical Republicans such as Henry L. Morehouse and General Oliver Howard that started many of the traditional Black colleges, while Democrats fought to keep them closed. Many of our traditional Black colleges are named after white Republicans.

  • WTS/JAY

    Our nation’s top historians reveal that the Democratic Party gave us the Ku Klux Klan, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws and other repressive legislation which resulted in the multitude of murders, lynchings, mutilations, and intimidations (of thousands of black and white Republicans). On the issue of slavery: historians say the Democrats gave their lives to expand it, the Republicans gave their lives to ban it.

    The Democrats:

    Democrats fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it.

    Democrats passed those discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.

    Democrats supported and passed the Missouri Compromise to protect slavery.

    Democrats supported and passed the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery.

    Democrats supported and backed the Dred Scott Decision.

    Democrats opposed educating blacks and murdered our teachers.

    Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws.

    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is well known for having been a “Kleagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.

    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from passage.

    Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans.

    Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.

    Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, reintroduced segregation throughout the federal government immediately upon taking office in 1913.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City in 1922.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt resisted Republican efforts to pass a federal law against lynching.

    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposed integration of the armed forces.

    Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Democrats supported and backed Judge John Ferguson in the case of Plessy v Ferguson.

    Democrats supported the School Board of Topeka Kansas in the case of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.

    Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

    Democrats were who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other protesters were fighting.

    Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox “brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant.

    Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be segregation forever.

    Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools.

    Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act.

    Democrat President John F. Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King.

    Democrat President John F. Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI.

    Democrat President Bill Clinton’s mentor was U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and a supporter of racial segregation.

    Democrat President Bill Clinton interned for J. William Fulbright in 1966-67.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright signed the Southern Manifesto opposing the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright joined with the Dixiecrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.

    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Southern Democrats opposed desegregation and integration.

    Democrats opposed:

    The Emancipation Proclamation

    The 13th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment

    The Reconstruction Act of 1867

    The Civil Rights of 1866

    The Enforcement Act of 1870

    The Forced Act of 1871

    The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

    The Civil Rights Act of 1875

    The Freeman Bureau

    The Civil Rights Act of 1957

    The Civil Rights Act of 1960

    The United State Civil Rights Commission

    Republicans gave strong bi-partisan support and sponsorship for the following legislation:

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The 1968 Civil Rights Acts

    The Equal Opportunity Act of 1972

    Goals and Timetables for Affirmative Action Programs

    Comprehensive Employment Training Act of 1973

    Voting Rights Act of Amendment of 1982

    Civil Rights Act of 1983

    Federal Contract Compliance and Workforce Development Act of 1988

    The Republicans:

    Republicans enacted civil rights laws in the 1950’s and 1960’s, over the objection of Democrats.

    Republicans founded the HBCU’s (Historical Black College’s and Universities) and started the NAACP to counter the racist practices of the Democrats.

    Republicans pushed through much of the ground-breaking civil rights legislation in Congress.

    Republicans fought slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship and the right to vote.

    Republicans pushed through much of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation from the 1860s through the 1960s.

    Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sent troops into the South to desegregate the schools.

    Republican President Eisenhower appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, was the one who pushed through the civil rights laws of the 1960’s.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing.

    Republican and black American, A. Phillip Randolph, organized the 1963 March by Dr. King on Washington.

    History reveals that it was Abolitionists and Radical Republicans such as Henry L. Morehouse and General Oliver Howard that started many of the traditional Black colleges, while Democrats fought to keep them closed. Many of our traditional Black colleges are named after white Republicans.

  • WTS/JAY

    Dave: Liberal policies that were good for the world: 3) Women the right to vote…

    Women Can Thank Republicans for the Vote; They Can Thank Democrats for the War on Women

    The war on women has proceeded for a long time and in the 19th and early 20th century Democrats spearheaded the persecution against women working for suffrage. It was Republicans who championed the vote for women; Democrats vigorously opposed it. The first women delegates to political conventions were elected by Republicans.

    The 19th amendment to give women the vote was first introduced in 1878 by Sen. A.A. Sargent, a Republican from California. Here’s more from the NFRW website:

    At the request of Susan B. Anthony, Sen. A.A. Sargent, a Republican from California, introduced the 19th Amendment in 1878. Sargent’s amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) was defeated four times by a Democrat-controlled Senate. When the Republican Party regained control of Congress in 1919, the Equal Suffrage Amendment finally passed the House in May of that year and in the Senate in June.

    When the Amendment was submitted to the states, 26 of the 36 states that ratified it had Republican legislatures. Of the nine states that voted against ratification, eight were Democratic. Twelve states, all Republican, had given women full suffrage before the federal amendment was ratified.

    On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the amendment. The U.S. Secretary of State certified the amendment on Aug. 26, 1920.Who was one of the chief opponents of giving women the vote? None other than Democrat president, Woodrow Wilson. It was on his watch that women were arrested for picketing outside the White House on the spurious charge of “obstructing traffic.” (Funny, that’s the same charge I faced several times for trying to save threatened babies at abortion mills.) Suffragettes received draconian jail terms and were mistreated in prison by guards. The terrorizing experience began for the 33 arrested on November 15, 1917. It continued for about ten days until a federal judge ordered most of them released. Some he said would die if they continued to be held. It was no wonder. Several women were beaten, one had a heart attack. They were given worm-infested food. When they went on a hunger strike they were force fed until they vomited, all this with the knowledge of Wilson.

    Today’s continued war on women takes the form of treating them as recyclable sex objects who are defective because of their fertility. Their health is jeopardized by chemical birth control and abortion. They are exploited by the pornography industry and sex trafficking. Minority women are particularly targeted. And who supports these things? The Democrat party.

    • Dave

      Interesting Jay,

      You say you are above the Dem/Rep left/right paradigm and that is what you are doing here. You know as I do that the Dem party was vastly different from 1960 and prior. Back then, the Democrats were the more conservative party.

      I am talking about liberals vs conservatives.

      Do you have anything?