Poll Spot

American Piety in the 21st Century

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2006-09

According to this Baylor University study, religious belief and a sense of religious belonging work together to shape political opinion. Additionally, spiritual practices are better predictors than specific traditions. It identifies four very different views of who God is and what God does in the world — Authoritarian God, Benevolent God, Critical God, Distant God […]

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American Values Survey

Sponsor: The Center for American Values in Public Life, People for the American Way Foundation
Released: 2006-09

Study found that the “partisan ‘God Gap’ has closed” and aimed to refute claims about “values voters” by showing that a majority of Americans are concerned with issues beyond abortion and gay marriage. The poll found that even among evangelical Christians, only 10 percent say abortion and gay marriage will be the most important factor […]

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Influence of 9/11 on Americans’ Faith

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2006-08

The study shows that despite an intense surge in religious activity and expression in the weeks immediately following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the faith of Americans is virtually indistinguishable today compared to pre-9/11. Barna’s tracking surveys looked at 19 dimensions of spirituality and beliefs. None of those 19 indicators are statistically different from the […]

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2006 Religion and Public Life Survey

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2006-08

Americans support the role of religion in public life but are bothered by both liberal and conservative methods: 69% said liberals are too secular, 49% said conservatives are too assertive. The poll also examines perceptions of each party’s “friendliness” toward religion and respondents’ association with the religious right or the religious left.

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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished […]

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