In the recent election, the vote was close enough that you can point to a number of factors as having pushed Obama over the top.
Where such things really mattered, though, was in the all-important swing states, and that’s where the “nones,” as they’re being called, came into play.
The nones are the religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. That umbrella covers atheists, agnostics, “spiritual but not religious” and the “religious” but unattached to any specific denomination.
Or as I would term it, atheists, uncommitted atheists, superstitious atheists and closeted atheists.
Be that as it may, the “nones” made their presence felt. According to Pew, they make up 20 percent of the population and were 12 percent of the voters on Election Day.
In Ohio, Obama lost Protestants and Catholics by 3 percent and 11 percent, but the nones went for the Man Who Would Be King by a 47 percent margin.
In Virginia and Florida it was a similar story. Obama lost the church crowd, but he won the nones by huge margins — 76 and 72 percent respectively.