America’s apparent religious partisan divide in may not be a function of conscious voter choices, but more of sociology. For example, says Green, “black Protestants [who tend to vote Democratic] don’t talk about politics in worship,” and “white evangelicals [who tend to vote Republican] may not think about how Jesus’ teachings affect the economy.” Yet faith communities also serve as gathering places, where people socialize and within which they may form a sense of identity. “When those people get together to worship, they tend to reinforce their partisanship. ... Any given person might not have thought this through, but they belong to a group that has a certain affiliation,” says Green.
In other words, the many Americans who have gone to Seder or the sanctuary this week may find their political ideologies bolstered alongside their religious beliefs.