Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry Coyne on his blog)?


Any thoughts on the data presented above? I wonder whether the results would be similar if a poll were done to gauge the perception of people regarding whether polls are unfriendly towards their group or constituency…

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  • Michael Wilson

    The impression I get from the poll is the more traditional your religious expression the more you think that the profs are out to get you. It also seems that the more interaction you group has with collage, the less you feel that the professors are friendly or neutral to religion. Catholics are a bit of a paradox as far as religocity goes. In many respects they seem very tradtional, they certainly don’t like tring new things, but in my time with the Neuman club, my old university’s Catholic Campus group, I encountered the head of the group who was a gay former monk, a lesbian aspiring to be a nun, and and a guy who tripped acid at the clubs haloween party. Let me assure you no one was tripping at BSU’s fall celebration.

    • Well, although Evangelical Protestants think of themselves as guarding the faith delivered once for all to the saints, the truth is that they are a relatively recent phenomenon, at least in their modern-day form, and so one can argue that they are the least traditional in their religious expression, from a certain perspective.