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Pew Survey Says:  Politicians Talk About Religion Too Much

Pew Survey Says: Politicians Talk About Religion Too Much

In a recent survey, on Pew Forum, four in ten people (38%) said that politicians talk about religion too much, while 30% said there was too little talk of religion.  However, 54% said that churches should keep out of politics.

The numbers breakdown even more in this survey, but the increase in opinions about religion is apparently across the board, except among White Evangelicals.

The poll also showed that the Republicans (54%) are friendlier towards religion than the Democrats (35%).

As far as by various groups, we see increases across the board, with one exception.  In 2010, 35% of college graduates thought politicians talked about religion too much, now the percentage increased to 49%.  White Evangelicals, who think politicians talked about religion too much, remained at 14%, while Black Protestants went from 21% to 30% and the White Mainline Protestants went from 31% to 44%, in thinking that politicians talk about religion too much.  Among those unaffiliated with any church, 64% said politicians talk about religion too much.

More women (55%) than men (53%) think churches should stay out of politics and 57% over age 65 think churches should keep out of politics, with only 38% saying Churches should express their views.

White Evangelicals (60%) came in with the highest ranking of saying Churches should express their political views, with Black Protestants following at 51%, but 43% said the churches should keep out of politics.  White Mainline Protestants (60%) said churches should keep out of politics.  The percentage of White Catholics, concerning churches keeping out of religion was 59%.  Those who are unaffiliated with any church, 66% said that churches should stay out of politics.

Over half the public (51%) feels that religious Conservatives have too much control of the Republican Party and 41% feel that liberals have too much control over the Democratic Party.

Total sample size of this survey was 1503 individuals.  Among that sample 412 were Republicans, 507 were Independent, and 518 were Democrats.  Those who took the survey, 305 were White Evangelical Protestants, 290 were White Mainline Protestants, 109 were Black Protestants, 269 individuals were unaffiliated, and 219 out of 302 Catholics were White.

For more on this survey one can find a full 19-page report or a three page summery on Pew Forum.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • joe paterno

    "However, 54% said that churches should keep out of politics."  I concur.

  • http://www.programdirecttvremote.com/ Pete from Direct TV

    Religion and Politics should rarely, if ever, be in the same discussion. 

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