December 14, 2009

Say Democrats Unfriendly to Religion

22%

About one-in-five Americans say the Democratic Party is unfriendly to religion.

Despite recent electoral defeats, there is one poll in which the GOP retains a sizeable lead over the Democratic Party — the party more friendly toward religion. Close to half of the public (48%) considers the Republican Party as friendly toward religion, while just 29% say the same about the Democratic Party. The Democrats’ rating is down from 2008 when 38% of Americans saw them as friendly to religion. Opinions about the Democratic Party’s friendliness toward religion are lowest among groups already inclined to dislike the party’s politics — such as Republicans and white evangelical Protestants — but views of the Democrats’ friendliness toward religion have declined among nearly all major religious groups. The leader of the Democratic Party, however, fares better than his party. The Obama administration is considered friendly to religion by 37% of Americans. Read More