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Politics in the Pews

Usually, when talking about religion and politics, researchers focus on how people of faith vote. But I was very intrigued by a recent feature in Presbyterians Today which showed how political preference can be tied to religious belief. A survey found that 50 percent of church members who are Republican believe that only followers of Jesus will be saved. But 26 percent of members who are Democrat believe the same.

Such a divide could be interesting, considering the faith shows a pretty even mix of political parties: About half of church members and elders are Republican. And 50 percent of Presbyterian pastors are Democrat; 31 percent of church members identify as Democrat. And 20 percent of members are Independent.

For details, see the feature here