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Survey of Atheist Voters Finds That We’re Wildly Progressive on a V...

"Not only were these 12,000 atheists who responded more progressive than run-of-the-mill liberals; they were off-the-charts more progressive."

It was bracing to see that I'm not alone.

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That's quite a number.

Thanks for sharing this!

Those "wildly progressive" views are, to me, self-evident. Why shouldn't someone support respecting women as people (h/t Marie Shear), equal marriage, reproductive freedom (including ending unwanted pregnancies), self-determination at end of life, police reform, and so forth, besides either "God Says So!" or "I don't like it and you shouldn't either!"?

The article points out that the self-selected members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an educational and advocacy group working to keep religion and government separate, were not representative of all US atheists, but rather of "the sort of people who would join FFRF." Just about all of them were registered voters.

The summary graphs from FFRF's news release are worth posting here. The article goes into more detail about people undecided about a few of the propositions. (Click each to enlarge.)

Views on Hot-Button Social Issues - Secular Voters vs. All Americans [bar graph; percentages in this ALT text given as All Americans/Secular Voters] Support Abortion Rights 75%/98.8% - Support Marriage Equality 61%/98.9% - Support Medical Aid in Dying 78%/99.2% - Oppose Death Penalty 39%/68% - Support Gun Safety Laws 60%/94%

Views on Civic / Economic / Social Policy Issues - Secular Voters vs. All Americans [bar graph; percentages in this ALT text given as All Americans/Secular Voters] Registered to Vote 79%/98% - Support universal health care coverage 66%/94% - Support guaranteed minimum income 45%/70% - Support free/reduced public college tuition 58%/83%

Views on Racial / Police / Statehood Issues - Secular Voters vs. All Americans [bar graph; percentages in this ALT text given as All Americans/Secular Voters] Believe racial discrimination is a major problem in US 76%/96% - Support slavery reparations 20%/45% - Support DC statehood 43%/77% - Support Puerto Rican statehood 54%/75% - Support police/prison reform 69%/95%

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