It isn't just Republicans who have screwed the pooch by alienating young adults. Evangelicals have also seen their ranks dramatically reduced over the last decade, mostly because they young no longer have patience for their rejection of science and theology of hate.
Large-scale polls conducted over the last 10 years by PRRI indicate that white evangelicals as a percentage of Americans have been on a downward trend for at least a decade, as they steadily decline as a percent of the population. In 2006, they accounted for 23 percent of those surveyed, but as of 2017, they represented just 15.3 percent of the population.Evangelicals’ fervent support of Trump is not universally shared by a crucial, and rapidly evaporating, subset of the white evangelicals—their children—who are leaving the faith in droves over its anti-LGBT and anti-science positions.
Only 35 percent of white evangelicals are under the age of 50, compared with 54 percent of the population, according to the PRRI. And they are bleeding youth: Only 8 percent of white evangelicals are under the age of 30, compared with 21 percent of the American population.From Newsweek.
If Evangelical Christians continue to loose adherents at the rate that they have over the last decade, by 2030, they will represent less than 10% of the U.S. population.
The article goes on to note that Evangelical "insistence on a God-given patriarchal system" is also alienating and that support for Donald Trump was a last straw for many younger adults who had clung to the religious movement until then.
The article concludes with a LOL footnote:
Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Donald Trump's alleged yearlong affair after the birth of his son with Melania Trump was with an adult film actress; it was with a former Playboy bunny.As we say in the law, "a distinction without a difference.
It is also worth noting that White Evangelical Protestantism is strongest in U.S. states whose economies are the weakest. The culture associated with this faith is economically maladjusted to the contemporary economy. It came into being in symbiosis with slavery supported plantation farming in the South, which called for a set of norms that are dysfunctional in a post-agricultural, post-slavery modern economy.