The Pew Study has been measuring religious attitudes for the last seven years and the differences between Republicans and Democrats are beginning to show up in accepting the spiritual authority of God or not. One can also substantiate the religious climate which has become much more chilly under the Obama Administration.
Voting God out of the Democratic platform prior to the 2012 election and then the protest voiced to have God reinstated substantiates the changing views of the Democratic party which the Pew Study discloses is 52% non-religious preferred according to a survey taken in June, 2014.
The conflicting ideology between Republicans who are defined as 49% very religious by the Pew findings and the Democrats being the 52% non-religious is evidence that the political differences are more rooted with spiritual authority.
An example of this schism is the revamping of the marriage definition. While Republicans hold more to a traditional view based on the Biblical definition of marriage, the Democrats have incorporated a more worldly view of marriage which accommodates a secular perspective. The Pew Study suggests why this disparity exists.
This ideological difference of marriage is consequently being spun as wrong of the Republicans only because of this interpretive standard of marriage by the majority of “liberals” and Democrats who are using their non-religious standards of marriage as a priority. The Republicans or religious are judging the liberal non-religious view of marriage as wrong based on the conservative view of marriage.
This culture war is between the two respective political parties is an irreconcilable difference regarding marriage. The same morality issue can be subscribed to the issue of abortion, birth control, and divorce. Those individuals that have a non-religious view will have more liberal acceptance in categories as gay marriage, abortion, birth control, and divorce.
Although poll taking can have a margin of error that can skew the findings from reality, the Pew Study polled over 87,000 Americans from January to June. The margin of error to the results is plus/minus 1%, an extremely valid result compared to the actual consensus.
Both the Republicans and Democrats have image issues. The Republicans are seen as being too conservative in their thinking by a more liberal audience, and the Democrats are seen as too liberal by those having conservative values.
There are gaps that persisted among whites, Latinos, and Asians, but not among blacks who showed support for Democrats at about 75% regardless of their religious preferences.
A difference of personal philosophy is impacted by how much a person attends church. The two questions asked in the poll were, “How important religion is in their daily lives?”, and “How often they attend religious services?” Three categories were formulated based on responses, very religious, moderately religious, and nonreligious.
The Bible says, “faith cometh my hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Each person’s faith appears to be set by this standard.