In the 2016 presidential election, political analysts are increasingly interested in how the “nones” will vote in this election.
We’re not talking about Catholic nuns; we’re taking about the growing percentage of Americans who tell pollsters that they have no religious affiliation whatsoever.
Although this group is indeed growing as a voting bloc, they aren’t actually voting.
And the reason why many of the unaffiliated, the nones, are unlikely to vote is because they, by definition, seem to hold no really strong convictions that might animate them one way or the other.
They’re less likely to show up, not only in church, by definition, but also in other kinds of civic associations.
They aren’t joiners. They don’t have the kinds of deep beliefs that also lead to common social bonds that would also reinforce not only their worldview and convictions, but whether or not they hold those convictions deeply enough to actually get out and do something about them, including getting out to vote.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/285452162″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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