Exit polls found that the Democrats’ gains in the 2006 midterm election were concentrated among non-Christians and secular voters, indicating a large political divide between highly religious voters and the rest of American society. The GOP held on to voters who attend religious services more than once a week, 60% of whom voted Republican. A majority (53%) of those who attend church at least once a week also supported Republicans. But less frequent churchgoers were much more supportive of Democrats than they were four years ago. Among those who attend church a few times a year, for instance, 60% voted Democratic, compared with 50% in 2002. And among those who never go to church, 67% voted Democratic; four years ago, only 55% did so. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.