do we need to encourage atheists and secular people to get out and vote? I see some people on Twitter, atheists, encouraging their fellows to make sure they vote because, if nothing else, atheists need to somehow demonstrate first, that We Are Here. Then, possibly, there might be a bit of recognition of what is importnt for those of us that are atheist voters. But how would anyone know who’s an atheist and who’s not? How about polling before the primary season? What we do know, or think we know is that most atheists vote or lean democratic in the US. But do all atheists have the same agenda and would a poll of voting age atheists influence candidates at any level in future elections?
Well, of course no one can say for sure but I think it’s because there’s not much data on voting age atheists. Sure, atheists may comprise more than 10 million people in our country, but how many of us are voting age? Five million? Eight million? Less? Consider though that there was a group of people, who are fairly diverse in their politics (some conservative, more liberal, and some progressive) that might want to have a say on where the country is going? What are, say five platform positions that we could generally agree upon?I would hope that church/state separation would be on that list as I think that crosses all of the political lines for atheists (well, most?). Beyond that though, do atheists mirror the general population? Probably yes but there may be a particular agenda item, other than church/state, that would poll higher for atheists than the general population. Universal health care? The last poll I saw on that is that some 70% of Americans want some form of this implemented. Tuition-free public colleges and universities? What else would be in your top five? I think that data would be interesting to know and would show how atheists are not monolithic. We might even discover something that most of us have never considered.
On the other side, it would be interesting for the general public to discover (possibly) that atheists are indeed not really any different than they aare; We have the same concerns about the economy, jobs, healthcare, etc. that they do and that data may assist in changing how atheists are viewed. I think having this demographic would show not only how atheists vote, but how many. Do we vote in the same numbers as the general public? Probably, but it could actually be higher. It may be lower and that would say a lot I believe. Like others though, I encourage everyone eligible to cast a ballot. You can’t have a say if you don’t vote.