This is a highly unscientific attempt to see what the readers of this blog think. Actually, I am curious about the correlation between religious affiliation and political affiliation. During a coffee shop discussion yesterday, I discussed American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us with my friend Phil. This book explores similar issues in depth and suggests there has been a change in America in the last generation in that various religious groups have become politically homogeneous. That is, if one belongs to xyz denomination, then there is a strong probability that such a person also belongs to abc political party. Such a strong correspondence between religious affiliation and political affiliation is a new phenomenon, according to this book.
This may be a flop due to small sample size, but let’s have a go of it. If meaningful results are obtained, I will publish and we can have a discussion. To increase sample size, please forward to your friends.
UPDATE WITH RESULTS:
Guess what? The readership of Spirit of a Liberal blog tends to be liberal. That’s hardly shocking, but I am a bit surprised at how overwhelming that proved to be in this survey. Here are key results:
76 % ELCA. No other denomination had more than 3%
An even split between clergy and laity when seminarians were considered clergy.
63% Democrat, 31% independent, 6% Republican
67% male, 33% female
67% age 45 or older
Support gay clergy 80%, against gay clergy 11%, conflicted opinion 9%
Support marriage equality 76%, support civil unions but not right to marry, 19%, against both gay marriage and civil unions 3%, conflicted 2%
I think this last finding is the most revealing. Even for those who said they were against gay clergy, 70% supported either gay marriage or civil unions. Similarly, self-identified Republicans supported either gay marriage or civil unions by 80% to 20%.
Add a comment if you have more specific questions. The poll remains open for now so go ahead and take the survey if you haven’t yet done so.