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Religious Intensity as a Predictor of Politics

Sponsor: Gallup
Released: 2009-12

Americans’ religious intensity continues to be a major predictor of party identification. A new analysis of more than 29,000 interviews Gallup conducted in November finds that Republicans outnumber Democrats by 12 percentage points among Americans who are classified as highly religious, while Democrats outnumber Republicans by 30 points among those who are not religious. The […]

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Party “Friendliness” to Religion

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life
Released: 2009-12

More Americans continue to view the Republican Party as friendly toward religion (48%) than rate the Democratic Party that way (29%). President Barack Obama’s administration, however, is seen as friendly toward religion by more people (37%) than the Democratic Party as a whole. And all three get higher ratings for friendliness toward religion than the […]

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Concern About Islamic Extremism

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life
Released: 2009-11

The public continues to express concern about the rise of Islamic extremism in the United States and abroad, but a survey taken shortly after the deadly Nov. 5 shootings at the Fort Hood Army base shows only a modest increase in these concerns since 2007. Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are […]

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Support for Faith-Based Programs

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life
Released: 2009-11

Currently, 69% of Americans say they favor allowing churches and other houses of worship, along with other organizations, to apply for government funding to provide social services such as job training or drug treatment counseling. Just 25% oppose allowing faith-based groups to seek government funding to help the needy. Support is somewhat below the peak […]

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Analysis of “The Zeal of the Convert”

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion In Public Life
Released: 2009-10

A common perception about individuals who switch religions is that they are very fervent about their new faith. A new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life provides quantitative support for this piece of conventional wisdom often referred to as the “zeal of the convert.” The analysis finds that people […]

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