Republicans think churches are more important than colleges

Republicans think churches are more important than colleges August 12, 2019
Trump supporters in Florida (Fox News screenshot)

A NEW Pew survey shows that while 67 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning respondents believe colleges and universities are a positive force in US society, only 33 percent of Republicans said likewise

And while only 38 percent of Democrats think that churches good for America, 68 percent of Republicans said churches influenced the culture in a positive manner, a slight decrease from the 73 percent who said so in 2017.

Taken together, the survey shows that 52 percent of Americans regard churches and religious organisaations as positive, a drop from 59 percent from two years ago.

The now 30-point gap between the parties on the subject reflects stark partisan divide over the role of religion in American life.

The survey was conducted last month and was comprised of 1,502 adults aged 18 and over from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The institution that received the lowest numbers from both Republicans and Democrats was the national news media. Thirty-eight percent of Democrat survey respondents said the media impacted society in a positive way. Only 10 percent of Republicans said the same.

The findings come on the heels of those from another in-depth survey that Pew conducted earlier this year on social trust and the reliability of all kinds of social and political institutions, the results of which were published July 22.

The researchers found that approximately two-thirds of adults think Americans have little to no confidence in the federal government. Only 50 percent indicated that they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence that religious leaders would act in the best interest of the public.

Pew reported:

Partisan differences also show up in the levels of trust extended toward various kinds of leaders, including the military, religious leaders and business leaders (groups toward whom Republicans are more favorable than Democrats) as well as scientists, public school principals, college professors and journalists (groups that generally enjoy more confidence among Democrats than among Republicans).

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  • Jim Jones

    Irrelevant. Neither group attend church in significant numbers. The percentage of nones is higher than the percentage of regular church goers!

  • adhoc

    That is the Republican way. They want church and ignorance for you and yours. If everyone else is uneducated, it gives a better chance for them and theirs to advance. Kinda like abortions, they don’t want you to have one, but they can afford to send their daughters to a place where they can still get one, after all, wouldn’t want an unplanned pregnancy messing up their kid’s future.

  • mordred

    “You keep them stupid, I keep them poor!”, said the king to the priest.

    Old German saying.

  • Paul Sutton

    Yea you realize after whats being seen taught on college campus’s no wonder noone likes them .

  • Raging Bee

    What are you referring to specifically?

  • rubaxter

    Wow, another feckless, witless, …, well, I’ll save adjectives by saying Liber&#8203turd U. grad.

    Oh sorry, high schooler in the basement and wannbe Liber&#8203turd U grad.

  • rubaxter

    And yet, those ‘Thuglicans will depend on those college grads for their “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” Social Security and the growth of any SIP/IRA they may be wise enough to invest in.

    Just goes to show, there’s a reason ‘Thuglicans don’t respect places that try to teach Adult thinking.

    It’s like their rejection of Unions: They couldn’t get in, so out of spite and jealousy they don’t think ANYONE should be able to.

    Used to be WFB Jr. was sorta justified in his “Why does Baloney reject The Grinder?” quip, but the ‘Thuglicans have LOOOOONG since ceased to be a party of Ideas, becoming just a party of Voodoo Economics and Brain Fa&#8203rts.

  • rubaxter

    What, you’re inviting Bevis and Bu&#8203tthead into the room?!

  • rubaxter

    That’s why they HATE unions, too. That’s the continual undercurrent I heard as a kid, and you could tell the grumblers would jump at a chance, if they had the right connections and any skills. From Teachers to Pipe Fitters.

  • barriejohn

    I’m shocked that only 67% of those with Democrat leanings thought that colleges and universities are a positive force in US society. What do the rest think?

  • WallofSleep

    “… 68 percent of Republicans said churches influenced the culture in a positive manner..”

    That must be why they’re hemorrhaging parishioners and closing down churches at an incredibly fast, and increasingly faster, rate. Republican logic; where everyday is a Wednesday*.

    *The oldtimers will remember, but for the youngsters reading Wednesday was “Opposite Day” on the old Mickey Mouse Club t.v. show.

  • Matt Fitt

    7. Name three closely related concepts that are fundamental at universities, yet universally absent from fundamentalist churches:

    A) Logic, Critical Thinking, and the Scientific Method.

    B) Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation.

    C) Both A and B.

  • barriejohn

    The Christians with whom I associated had a deep mistrust – even antipathy – towards education of any kind. They thought it was “dangerous”, which is one reason why so many were in business, and also saw to it that their children, rather than progressing to further education, joined them as soon as legally possible. This also gave them independence from “the world”, whilst keeping their children, to a great extent, dependent upon, and subservient to, them (the men, that is), which is how they liked it. I actually heard leading Christians give voice to the old idea (puritanical, I believe) that it was not a good thing for children to be educated above the level of their parents, as it led to lack of respect, and gave them all sorts of “worldly” ideas. Unbelievable!

  • They’ve probably fallen for the same myths that Republicans have. Higher education is too left wing, too politically correct, doesn’t teach things that help you succeed in the Real World etc.

  • pixeloid

    Churches are a breeding ground for bigotry, extremism, and hatred.

  • Republicans think that churches are important for the unwashed masses, which means everyone except them. They believe that their children should have the finest education money can buy, and the poor should attend church rather than receive a meaningful education to improve themselves and their station in life.

    What they are promoting is full on class warfare, they actually believe that the poor and middle class are incapable of any learning beyond a minimum of high school. Beyond that the elitist assholes know that education is wasted on anyone who comes from the lower classes.

  • Judy Thompson

    why am I not surprised. Keep em ignorant, sheltered, and only allow the bible as required reading. What a waste of human beings.

  • steveiam

    Disdain of education, allied with questioning science, logic, et al is the Modis Operandi of Trumpanzees, and other dreck.

  • barriejohn

    Hahaha – I remember hearing this quotation repeated over and over again from platform and pulpit when I was a Christian. I’m not even sure that it’s authentic!

  • Odd Jørgensen

    I love the poorly educated!
    D.J.T. Presidunce.