Whether they identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, college students agree on the importance of religion and share a concern for the country’s moral direction. But their views on the role religion should play in politics break down along party lines, according to a new poll of student’s political and religious views.
But when it comes to mixing religion and politics, views diverged sharply. Fewer than a quarter (21 percent) of self-described Democrats said they wanted to hear politicians discuss religion. In contrast, 56 percent of those identifying themselves as Republicans thought politicians should discuss religion. A majority of college Republicans (62 percent) said they perceived religion’s influence in American life to be declining and felt that that was a “bad thing.” But 54 percent of college Democrats said that religion was gaining influence and, by a ratio of two to one, considered that a negative trend.
The summary of the poll can be found here on their site.