Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religious influence, more or less

Here is how Americans have, over the past decade, responded to Gallup’s question about whether they want organized religion to have more or less influence in their nation. What’s the interpretation?

influence of religion.gifI’d
say the relevant correlation is with the politically party of the
president. When POTUS is a Republican, there’s a drift toward wanting
less religious influence. When POTUS is a Democrat, it’s the other way
around. Happy Prayer Breakfast day, Mr. Obama.

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posted February 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Here’s how I would interpret this.
Collectively people form a normal distribution with most people tending towards the middle. However, because a large number of voters are independents, the two major political parties form a bi-modal distribution with humps away from the middle. But this means the average person is always going to see government as either too hot or too cold, but never just right.
So when a Republican is in office he’ll be more God and country than the average, and a Democrat more secular.
In summary, we are doomed to be dissatisfied with our government (on average).

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posted February 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Maybe so, but note that the plurality position has always been Goldilocks’ “just right.”

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