Americans are polarized on religion but agreeable about it, authors say
February 23rd, 2012
05:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Americans are polarized on religion but agreeable about it, authors say

Editor's note: Listen to the CNN Radio interview with Harvard University's Robert Putnam and Notre Dame's David Campbell:

(CNN) – Forget the economy. Debate about contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage, even Satan, has attracted just as much attention on the presidential campaign trail in recent weeks.

While culture war issues make headlines galore, an exhaustive study of Americans' religious attitudes shows the public as a whole might not find the debate so enticing.


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  1. Mikey

    Economy improving? Culture wars won't work? I guess there's only one thing left for the GOP – trash the President, call him a Socialist, colonial Kenyan, or any other lie you can think of. Hmmm, that won't work either?

    Guess we may just have to wait for Reelection Day, that's November 6.

    February 23, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. diridi

    I really do not give darn hoot at religion. This religion is man made. If you do not donate to these religion guys, they look down on you. It is all humbug. Just pray god at home do some good to society, help poor and needy. You get satisfaction, and salvation.

    February 23, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    Politicians have a problem with people being agreeable. The drive is to get them to FEAR stuff. Then they can shift the votes.

    Repubs – be in FEAR of ObamaCare, immigrants, government, etc.
    Obama – be in FEAR of religious zealots, being called racist, corporations, etc.

    "FEAR things and vote for me!"

    February 23, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. 60's survivor

    Good news to me!! GOP politicians better start telling the truth!!

    February 23, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Fear no one but God, that's what the Bible says. So why are all these religious Republicans trying to instill fear in Americans about President Obama, exactly what God do they worship.

    February 23, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. ACanuckwatcher

    Ron Paul made the only sensible comment of the CNN/Mesa debate when he said that the US should not be going into any further wars because the country is broke.

    February 23, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |