The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


U.S. a divided house

Religion tempers political views

People can be peculiar when it comes to religion and politics. Just take a look at this month’s cover story on “Church & state” and the Lutheran take on such things ("In Luther's view"). Then track down a national survey mentioned in August ("Poll: Most in U.S. not dogmatic") and its section on how religion helps shape Americans’ political views.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life ’s “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey,” a modest 14 percent of adults say their beliefs are the main influence on their political views. Many more, 34 percent, claim their personal experience is the deciding factor in shaping political views.

However, the report found a strong tie between political issues and Americans’ religious affiliation, beliefs and practices. “In fact, religion may be playing a more powerful, albeit indirect, role in shaping people’s thinking than most Americans recognize,” the report said.

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