You know what? I would actually prefer that the American people didn't know what the religion of the President is. The President's standing should be on what they are doing, what they have done, what they promise to do, not where they worship or not. And, indeed, in the other questions, the majority of Americans feel that Obama is behaving correctly:
- Mentions faith/prayer about right (only white evangelicals/Republicans disagree);
- Relies on religious beliefs to make policy decisions about right, driven down mostly by white evangelicals who want religious beliefs to matter more. Um, thank you, but no thanks.
But then again, Americans are inconsistent:
Um, yuck. Not clear that strong religious beliefs lead to good policy-making (Bush!).
Most amusing finding of this survey--less than half of white Evangelicals consider Republicans to be friendly to religion. What more could they want? Oh, never mind--I do not want to know.
Most disturbing finding: While GOP party identification is increasing among all groups (although atheists are left off of the relevant table, Jews have the biggest and only double-digit switch--60% Dem and now 33% GOP. I guess I am glad I am a bad Jew. I am sure this is driven by perceptions of Obama being seeing as less pro-Israel than Bush than anything else. But then again, blind support for Israel is probably actually not good for Israel these days, but that is another post for another day.
|Blue is party ID with Dems, Red is party ID with GOP|