Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Surveys Reveal 'Widely Divergent' Views of Religious U.S. Activists
Protestors march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 12,2009, during a rally against the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending. (Photo: AP Images/Evan Vucci)
First-ever polls comparing conservative and progressive activists are revealing to what degree these groups diverge when it comes to issue priorities, issue positions, and beliefs about scripture.While the majority of both groups say religion is important in their lives, for example, they have strikingly different beliefs about scripture. Nearly half of conservatives (48 percent) believe scripture to be the literal word of God, while only three percent of progressives shared the same view, according to the 2009 Religious Activist Surveys conducted by the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research....