Dem pollster says progressive candidates of color more 'eloquent' about faith than white progressives

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV that progressive candidates of color do a better job of connecting their faith to their politics than white progressives do, which may be a problem if the Democratic party wants to appeal to religious voters.

"Many, many people of color are just downright so eloquent about how their progressivism is influenced by their faith," Lake, president of Lake Research Partners," told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Monday.

Lake said white progressives may have trouble in part talking openly about faith because white millennials tend to be less religious. 

"I think that is accentuated a little bit with the white millennials who are so secular," she said. "It's an overlap that's really generational as much as ideological." 

Religion has typically had a major role in Republican presidential primaries, with evangelical Christians playing an influential role in the party's politics. Religiously unaffiliated voters tend to align more with the Democratic party, according to a Pew Research Center study from 2014.

Simmons said that more unified messaging from progressives in how they address black and white audiences could begin in places of worship. 

"White progressives are eloquent when they go talk to black and brown audiences," Simmons said. "If white progressives talked to white people on Monday the way they talk to black people on Sunday, I think Democrats would solve their values problem." 

— Julia Manchester