Non Religious Voters
Some interesting statistics courtesy of the National Journal about a growing voting bloc that receives very little attention, the non religious.
Americans who identify themselves as "religiously unaffilliated" have grown from 5.3 percent of voters in 1988 to 12 percent in 2008. That makes them a bigger bloc than Hispanics (9 percent), the gay vote (4 percent), the Jewish vote (2 percent) and just a little below the African American vote (13 percent).
If this group is totally lost to our party, then we will have trouble ever regaining certain states like Washington, Oregon and Vermont where the percentage of this group is even larger and could perhaps even swing an election. Now this does not mean that these voters are all atheists although people who identify themselves is such are included in this number. But it also includes those who are simply non religious or just don't consider themselves part of any faith tradition.
As someone who would consider themselves very religious, I'm uncertain how the Republican Party can attract voters like this and hang on to voters like me who still represent a bigger voting bloc especially in the South.
But I know we better find a way and find a way quick.