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As the Democratic party prepares for the 2020 presidential primary, new research shows a dramatic shift in demographics and values espoused by its members.  A recently released Gallup report shows the party has grown more educated, less religious and less white since 2001.  Liberal issues like same-sex marriage, unrestricted abortion, marijuana legalization and socialized health care have become more mainstream among party members over the years, a shift driven primarily by college-educated white Democrats, even though the party as a whole has seen a rise in the percentage of non-white members, jumping from 31% in 2001-2006 to 43% in 2013-2018.

Since 2013, 54% of white Democrats have identified themselves as “liberal,” as opposed to conservative or moderate, jumping 20 points from 2001-2006.  In the same time period, the percentage of non-white liberal Democrats grew by 8 and 9 points among blacks and Hispanics, respectively.  The connection between education and liberal ideology is clear.  According to Gallup, the percentage of Democrats with college degrees has risen from 27% in 2001-2006 to 35% in 2013-2018.  Among these college-educated groups, the percentage that identify as liberal has climbed 16 points from 2001-2006 to 2013-2018.

Though less pronounced, liberalism is also on the rise among Democrats with some college education (12 points) and those with no college education (10 percent).  Another notable finding is the decrease in religious identification among Democrats.  The percentage of Democrats who cite having no religion has doubled between 2001-2006 and 2013-2018, from 10 percent to 20 percent.  The portion of Democrats identifying as Christian has fallen 12 points to 70% in the same time frame.  There are key areas of contention between liberal and conservative Democrats.

These include abortion, embryonic stem cell research, the death penalty, euthanasia, defence spending, government-run healthcare, same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana and the impact of global warming, according to Gallup.  “Solid majorities of liberal Democrats, versus less than half of conservative Democrats, hold the traditionally liberal positions on these issues,” the report notes.  The report notes a “grand unifier” between the two groups: President Donald Trump.  Last year, an average of 82% of conservative, 91% of moderate and 96% of liberal Democrats disapproved of the job Trump was doing as president.

Source: Faithwire