This chart breaks the 2004 electorate into twelve politically relevant "tribes" based on their values, behaviors, and religious affiliation. Each circle corresponds in relative size to the group it represents. The chart reveals some polarization of the electorate. But it also shows that voting preferences do not sort as neatly by cultural values or religious affiliation as people might expect. Tribe definitions are below.
Religious right: White evangelical Protestants with traditional beliefs and practices
Heartland culture warriors: White non-evangelical Christians with traditional beliefs and practices
Moderate evangelicals: White evangelical Protestants with moderate beliefs and practices
White-bread Protestants: White mainline Protestants with moderate beliefs and practices
Convertible Catholics: Non-Latino Catholics with moderate beliefs and practices
Religious left: White Christians with liberal beliefs and practices
Muslims and Others: Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other religious groups not otherwise categorized
Seculars: Voters with no religious affiliation, beliefs, or practices
Jews, Latino Christians, black Protestants, and the spiritual but not religious are self-explanatory
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