Digging into decades of elite news media coverage, Bolce and De Maio charted one dominant trend. Journalists and political scientists focused all of their attention on the political activities of religious conservatives in the Republican Party, while failing to note a corresponding pattern, especially among white voters, on the left.
Now, as researchers are focusing attention on the rising number of “religiously unaffiliated” Americans – a third of Millennial generation adults are “nones” – Bolce and De Maio have noted that atheists, agnostics, “nones” and religious liberals are merging into a powerful coalition in the Democratic Party base.
Journalists have all but ignored this development.
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