March 21, 2005

MSNBC Faith in America Poll

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 9:43 pm

Here is an interesting poll by MSNBC on “faith in America” (here are the results if you’d rather not take the poll.) Looking only at the phone poll (since web polls are notoriously unscientific), a few things jumped out at me.

Half of the respondents said that religion is losing its influence on American life. This is while all three branches of our government have been occupied lately resolving the life of one woman based on religious principles, with a President elected (twice) largely by the involvement of evangelicals in politics, and with a Supreme Court justice (Scalia) stating that the US was founded on Christian principles.

Only 10% of the respondents believe religious groups should not be involved in poverty issues, but 38% believe respondents should not be involved in the lack of healthcare coverage. So, churches should worry about families after they’ve been impoverished trying to pay for a medical emergency, but not before?

57% of the respondents believe in the “total biblical account of creation” instead of evolution.

Think this sample must be skewed to the Christian right? 52% of the respondents are, or are leaning to, Democrats, and only 38% are, or are leaning to, Republicans. Go figure.

3 Comments

  1. Only 10% of the respondents believe religious groups should not be involved in poverty issues, but 38% believe respondents should not be involved in the lack of healthcare coverage. So, churches should worry about families after they’ve been impoverished trying to pay for a medical emergency, but not before?

    To quote Jim Morrison: People are strange.

    Comment by LutheranChik — March 22, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

  2. Thanks for the link. It was interesting, but I found myself frequently dissatisfied with the questions. For instance, I wondered if they considered that there are two distinctly different reasons why people think churches should be involved in issues relating to gay marriage.

    Who are these people who think churches should not be involved in raising awareness of poverty? A revealing related question would have been “How often do you hear the issue of poverty being addressed in your church?”

    Comment by Melancthon — March 23, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

  3. The creationism thing isn’t too surprising…unfortunately, scientific illiteracy is rampant in this country. That number is very similar to the percentage I have seen quoted of Americans who believe we are being visited by space aliens.

    Comment by Rusty — April 1, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

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