Religion and politics

The Pew Research Center has a nice database that lets you look at the trend for the questions they ask broken down by age, party , religious affiliation, and other things. Kevin Drum looks at some of the graphs broken down by party. I’m going to look at differences between religious affiliations. I’m not going to show too much data because they don’t make it obvious what their rules are for using their data (all the data is from the Pew Research Center American Values Survey, they have nothing to do with my conclusions of course).

It turns out that those who have a religious affiliation are more conservative than those who are non-affiliated. This is certainly not surprising on social questions such as (all graphs give the percent of respondents who agree with the given statement, click on the graph to see a larger version)

but also in ways that are not as obvious:

and in ways that are counterintuitive


Aren’t Christians supposed to want to help the weak and poor? And peace should be achieved through military strength isn’t exactly mainstream Christian doctrine. Also, notice that protestant evangelicals are the most conservative in these questions even though they supposedly are the strongest believers in Christian doctrine. Very interesting.


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