Religions and Ideologies

Tobin Grant (of the Religious News Service) charts political ideology by religious affiliation:


The chart is reproduced in this article, which also includes a complementary graphic (of religions and income distribution). I’m assuming visitors here are too reality-jaded to need a ThinkProgress trigger warning (after all, even communists can provide useful links).

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At this stage, there’s no commentary from this blog on the abundance of graphically-embedded information here (except to say that the first diagram makes the Congregationalists look highly attractive, which seems strange). It’s being posted as a contextual resource for future discussion.

August 30, 2014admin 14 Comments »

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  • Hurlock Says:

    “Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing Congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs.” (from wikipedia)

    This explains the congregationalist placement on that chart.
    It basically sounds like patchwork for christians.


    admin Reply:

    Same link: “With their insistence on independent local bodies, they became important in many social reform movements, including abolitionism, temperance, and women’s suffrage.”


    Peter A. Taylor Reply:

    I’m looking at the LDS and the Congregationalists, and it almost seems to me as if the vertical axis is flipped. Is there some confusion between the church teaching morality vs. wanting the government dictating it? Also, Unitarians may want pole dancing legal because it pisses off the conservative Christians, but then they want the government to step in and harass the snot out of Chick-fil-A and make the Catholic Church buy condoms for all the nuns.

    And how did the Unitarians and the (other) Congregationalists get so far apart on the horizontal axis? Is that for real, or is it an artifact of the survey methodology?


    Mai La Dreapta Reply:

    I think that this chart suffers from the usual problem with the question of “morality” in government, namely that being pro-family-values and anti-porn is about “morality”, but being pro-gay and anti-patriarchy supposedly isn’t. What don’t have a name for what leftism wants here, but we are quite assured that demanding that the government recognize same-sex unions and fund abortions on demand certainly isn’t government support for a kind of morality.

    IOWs questions about “morality” are proxies for social conservativism, and people who claim they want no government influence on “morality” are frequently quite happy to have the government push leftist morals.

    Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Second look at the Anabaptists?

    The chart fits with the theory from, I think Spengler, that the most conservative groups are the ones that started out as far, far left radicals. Mormons, Anabaptists, and the white pentecostals all correspond.


    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    What the chart is not showing is movement, principally from north to south (with some east to west) of the entire axis. Those bible thumpers up at the top were smack dab in the middle, even a bit southerly a century ago. But they stood still.


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    Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mai La Dreapta Says:

    The biggest surprise to me is how resolutely central the Catholics are. One wonders whether the Catholics are really so close to the national average in person, or whether their greater numbers simply mean that all their extremes cancel out.


    Mai La Dreapta Reply:

    And as for the second chart: by Vishnu, why are the Hindus so rich? (Not much surprise to see the Jews there, though.) Is it the influence of California Hindus, or have their immigrant communities been exceptionally successful? I’m guessing the latter, though it’s a surprise to see the extent of the effect.


    Erik Reply:

    Self-selection on who comes from India?


    Athrelon Reply:

    The latter.

    I also suspect that a large number of “Buddhists” are white converts, not immigrants – and they practice a very different Buddhism.


    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    Long ago, Steve Sailer noticed how exactly average Catholics are. At least two reasons for this: 1) sheer size of the umbrella; and 2) theology and culture encourages a disposition of once-Catholic always-Catholic (which probably contributes heavily to the size of the sample demographic). A (baptized, communicated) Catholic who is agnostic and otherwise hasn’t darkened the door of church in 30 years will still check “Catholic”. Most protestants, especially low church prots, won’t do this.

    I’d estimate a circle of about 1/2 the area would appear centered on the y-axis and about 2/3 up if you could separate out weekly mass attenders. If you sampled Latin Mass devotees, its tiny circle would skew slightly to the right and be well north of the Assemblies of Godders.


    Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 9:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • Russian Says:

    Sorry for an offtopic, but this can be interesting for you. Dugin on chaos-philosophy in english:


    Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 11:06 pm Reply | Quote
  • C. Y. Chen Says:

    This is pretty cool to look at, but it’s not as informative as I thought it would have been. For example, evangelical prots might seem like they’re on the side of “small government” but this chart doesn’t show their zealous support for Israel, which is a key component of American “conservatism”. It seems like this is an inherent flaw of the graph, as there are only two axes, but I guess major simplifications are necessary with infographics.


    Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 12:05 am Reply | Quote

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