There Is a Religious Left

by John Sides on February 23, 2012 · 5 comments

in Campaigns and elections,Public opinion

We are able to uncover considerable evidence of a religious left among Christians, and the big news is that it matters electorally.  Having a strong communitarian view of faith is associated with voting for Democratic candidates.

That is political scientist Ken Wald in this interview.  For more, see Jordan Ragusa’s post at Rule22.

{ 5 comments }

Andreas Moser February 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I have been quite active in environmentalist campaigns over the decades (in Germany though). These groups always drew considerable support from Christians who were also active in their churches. These tended to be more left-leaning or at least they became so during their activities against nuclear energy, against too much building et cetera.
Same experience from my work with refugees and asylum seekers.

chickenlegs February 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Adherence to a religious dogma is inversely proportional to one’s ability to use critical thinking and analytical skills.

Fiske February 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

@ Chickenlegs: You’re not listening.

Jesus February 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

If you would read the Bible you would know I am a liberal. J

Ryan Claassen February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

This is interesting research and I am gratified by the effort to find some aspect of faith that distinguishes Evangelicals Democrats from Evangelical Republicans without falling back on ideology. Sometimes I wonder if the discussion about Evangelical domination of conservative politics is more the result of confusion about the meaning of the word “Evangelical” (when it comes to religious identity) and less about actual political behavior. Not to say there is nothing to the discussion, but I am amazed that it is amazing to anyone that there are religious people on the left.

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