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Faith and American Politics Survey

Sponsor: Faith in Public Life
Released: 2008-10

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Monthly worship attenders swing to Obama in 2008. More Americans think Obama is friendly to religion than McCain. Younger Catholics more strongly support Obama, abortion rights, and more active government than older Catholics. Younger white evangelicals strongly oppose abortion rights but are less conservative and more supportive of same-sex marriage than older evangelicals. Younger white evangelicals are more pluralistic and more supportive of active government at home and of diplomacy abroad. Americans say economy, energy and gas prices, and health care are the most important issues in 2008. Support for same-sex marriage is significant among young religious Americans. Americans rank abortion and same-sex marriage as the least important issues in 2008.