Religious Conservatives Tend to Be Pretty Old

| Tue Apr. 29, 2014 5:02 PM EDT

There's nothing surprising here, but Brookings has a new report out about the fate of religious progressives in the political arena (short version: things don't look too hot), and it includes the data on the right about the demographics of religion in America.

Bottom line: religious conservatives are old. Nearly two-thirds are over 50. Conversely, the unaffiliated are young: two-thirds are under 50. But what does this mean? There are two possibilities:

  • Religious conservatives are a dying breed. Once the boomers start dying off, so will the Christian Right.
  • Religious folks get more conservative as they get older, so these demographic numbers won't change much over time. When the Gen Xers pass 50, they're going to start attending megachurches too.

Take your pick.