Poll: GOP vs. Dems is really religion vs. anti-religion

Friday, July 14, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

GOP and Dems duking it outThe head of a Christian think-tank sees the Democratic party trending towards the direction of possibly becoming an opposition party to the Church.

This assessment was given by Mark Tooley, who serves with the Institute on Religion and Democracy. His synopsis came after looking at a study by the Pew Research Center showing that among liberal Democrats, 44 percent believe the impact of churches and religious organizations is negative – with just 40 percent believing it is positive.

Overall, 36 percent of Democrats believe that churches have a negative impact on society, while 50 percent thought it was positive.

"We've ever really had a political party, as many European nations do, with an opposition to church, and hopefully we never will, but the trend seems to be that much of the Democratic Party – a plurality – seems to be heading in that direction."

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Republicans had a positive view of the church.  

“Majorities of both conservative Republicans and Republican leaners (75 percent) and moderate and liberal Republicans (68 percent) say churches and religious organizations have a positive impact," Pew researchers found from their recent nationwide poll.

Tolley said there could be some negative ramifications to having a pro-religion political party and an anti-religion political party going head-to-head in America.

"It would be potentially dangerous if one party becomes the almost exclusively pro-religion party and the other party becomes the secular party – which has sometimes occurred in Europe," the expert on religion and politics alerted.

He contends that many people who are hostile toward religion do not fully appreciate the impact religious institutions have on society.

"So, a lot of this is just ignorance,” Tooley concluded. “And of course, many liberals ideologically are very statist in how they view society, and so for them, the Church and other institutions in civil society may seem peripheral – or unneeded – as the government can do it all on its own."

More trends showing the diffences between the way Republicans and Democrats view the media, colleges and universities, religious institutions, labor unions and financial institutions were also revealed in a review of the Pew Poll on OneNewsNow.

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