Religious Affiliation Helps Individuals With Constructing Moral Ideologies

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Religious affiliation helps individuals with constructing moral ideologies. An individual’s religiosity is often associated with their political viewpoints. Church attendance can effect individuals’ political beliefs.
During 1970 to 2012, the percentage of the populace attending church weekly has decrease from 38% to 21%, and never attending church increased dramatically from 12% to 43%. This trend displays the decreasing number of people who are attending church services in the United States. Furthermore, the number of people with no religious affiliation has increased from 1% in 1960 to 13% in 1996. Although the percent of individuals who identify as Christian is high with 49% Protestant and 22% Catholic, religious beliefs have overall decreased. The people who are religious say their religion plays an important part of their life. 67% believe that their religion is an important factor in their life (ANES 2015). The data shows that although the number of religiosity in the United States has lowered, religion still plays a large part of American life.
Their religious convictions lead those to vote in particular patterns. According to the table below, Catholics are 37% Republican/lean Republican and 69% Democrat/ lean Democrat. Evangelical Protestant are 56% Republican/lean Republican and 28% Democrat/lean Democrat. Compared with historically African American Protestants are only 10% Republican/lean Republican and 80% Democrat/lean Democrat (Religious Landscape…
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