May 20, 2009
Only regular churchgoers remain consistently Republican
After the GOP’s thumping at the ballot box in November, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker opined that giving up on God—“three little letters, great big problem”—was imperative for the future of the Republican Party.
“It isn’t that culture doesn’t matter. It does. But preaching to the choir produces no converts,” she wrote. “And shifting demographics suggest that the Republican Party—and conservatism with it—eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one’s heart where it belongs.”
Trouble is, social conservatives have become central to the GOP, and a new Gallup poll found that only regular churchgoers have remained heavily Republican:
I meet two of those three criteria. But for now I remain a reluctant Republican, eager for the Grand Old Party to return to its grand old roots.