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Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?
November 9th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Republicans got God.

A new poll suggests they are much more likely to go to church than Democrats.

A Gallup Poll shows that 40% of Republicans say they attend church weekly.

Twenty-one percent say they attend nearly weekly or monthly, and 38% say they seldom or rarely go to church.

Compare that to only 27% of Democrats who say they go to church every week, 20% who say they go monthly and 52% of Democrats who say they seldom or never go to church.

These polls also show that Democrats are less religious than the average American, and Republicans are more religious.

Consider this: Almost one in five Democrats identify with no religious faith compared to only one in 10 Republicans who feel that way.

This might explain why religion often seems to play a more prominent role when it comes to Republican politicians, especially during primaries.

This time around in the GOP horse race for president:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a major prayer session in Houston before he announced his candidacy. Perry has also been known to pray for President Obama. In April, the Texas governor designated a three-day period as "days of prayer for rain" in his drought-stricken state.

Faith also plays a large role in Michele Bachmann's candidacy. While giving an economic speech just Tuesday, Bachmann suggested the United States return to its Judeo-Christian roots to bring back economic responsibility, "Cry out to holy God. It's not too late. He can save us."

As for Mitt Romney, it's unclear yet what impact, if any, his Mormon faith will have on his candidacy.

Here’s my question to you: Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jim in Los Angeles:
Jack, The answer is obvious: Churches are wealthy, pay no taxes, shepherd the flocks to status quo positions, forgive bad behavior, take money for a ticket to heaven, and peddle superstition to raise fears. Now that is a ticket to warm a Republican's heart.

B. in Fredericksburg, Virginia:
Some people live their faith in what they do and advocate, others put on a show. For the latter, "In God we trust" is both the national motto and their political platform.

Tom in Atlanta:
Well, Jack, it's pretty simple: Us Republicans believe that we're not beyond help and we might yet be admitted to Heaven, while Democrats know that they are toast.

S. in Florida:
Religion and GOP politics are both fear-based. Makes perfect sense.

M. on Facebook:
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic.

Dave in Orlando:
For show. Sorry to be so cynical, but Republicans cannot possibly believe in a hereafter or a God and still advocate for, or do the things they do to their fellow citizens. They are just covering their bases by pretending to pray and believe in God. They think that their sins will be forgiven if they make big enough donations to the Church. And by wearing religion on their sleeves they expect to be fast tracked to heaven – if there is one.

Tom on Facebook:
That's an easy one, Jack. It's the only way they have a prayer.

Tom:
The big draw would have to be the confessional.

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soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Miguel Morris

    Republicans are smarter.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  2. The Daleks

    Republicans are usually people who prefer simple answers that are easy to understand and never change, even when observation and facts change. The accuracy of answers are of little interest to Republicans. Democrats are usually people who can understand complex ideas, and derive answers from facts instead of dogma.

    From Flemington, New Jersey

    November 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  3. Greg in Arkansas

    Obviously to pray for forgiveness for what the Republican policies have done to those people that are less fortunate than themselves.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Republicans are more likely to fear God's wrath for not going and the Calivinist churches many of them go to ignore what Jesus taught about the danger of riches, preferring a prosperity Gospel instead (which would make the day laborer from Nazareth cringe).

    November 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  5. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?

    Because Jack, Republicans have no problem with being Bible thumping hypocrites and Democrats take all religions seriously.

    Not all religions require one to go to a house of worship to practice that faith. Plus many Democrats are more spirital verses belonging to an organized religion.

    Who cares if on party goes to 'church' more than the other. We are a secular nation that is suppose to keep church and state seperate. Remember?

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    November 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  6. David, MS

    My guess is they see the collection plate as a way to give a dollar and write off 100 dollars on their taxes.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is a simple anwser to your question. The Republicans go to church to ask God forgiveness for being stupid and taking money for doing nothing in Congress.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  8. Pete in Georgia

    Most Democrats look at themselves as having all the answers, no need for any outside influence or higher power in lifes' journey. To them religion is a crutch, a sign of weakness, never realizing that our God wants us to come to him with our daily struggles.
    Look around you and ask how successful has "man" been at solving problems ??

    November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  9. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    They have so much more to repent.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  10. AndyG

    Because they are hypocrites, perverts, Pseudo-intellectual, sinner and wears religion on their sleeves. Do not care about the country and only care for their party and big business who pay for their existence.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  11. s in fl

    Come on, Jack. Haven't you seen their field of candidates?

    November 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  12. JD in NH

    I don't have an answer to your question, but it's curious Democrats tend to stand for policies that are in line with the teachings of Jesus – feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, healing the sick – and Republicans, for the most part, don't.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  13. Steve

    Well of course, most of them think they are closer to the "all mighty."

    IL

    November 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  14. jim hosea

    Jack If we lied as much as they do we would go to church 3 times a day.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  15. David in Seattle

    Because they have more sins to repent. Neglect of the poor. Haughtiness. Gluttony. ...

    November 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  16. Rob

    Buford, GA

    It's not that Republicans go to church more, it's that more church goers vote Republican. This is not an issue of write politics or wrong but political history. Historically, Republicans had claimed to be the party of piety. They concentrate on the morality of social issues as has long been their intention. Neo-Cons and the Christian Right represent that turn to the party during the Clinton administration.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  17. David, from Plant City Florida

    Conservatives looks backwards for their ideals, part of that means being a regular in Church. Democrats on the other hand look forward, and as people who look forward they see church as the fading influence that it is. In an age where everyone has at least a basic education and can interpret their personal religion without the help of a priest it is now possible for the people to determine what they believe on their own instead of being fed another persons beliefs.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  18. Mel - Houston

    They have to pray for better presidential candidates, Jack

    November 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  19. John

    That's easy; Republicans need more forgiveness for their sins!

    November 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  20. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Perhaps they are more in need of forgiveness.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  21. Ros.....Illinois

    There are more hiporcrits in the Republican party. I actually don't believe what you say is true.
    I have gone to Church since I was little. At 73 I still strongly believe God is the only way but I don't stand on the corner and shout it continually.
    The Republicans shout it and then they want to let little children go without Insurance and will also let them starve. Now that isn't my kind of Christianity.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  22. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    They want to repent for the things they wish to impose on the rest of us. Church is the best place to do that.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  23. Jk from Minnesota

    I don't think they are more likely to go to church than demcrocrats – it's just their version of church (Evangelical;) is more outspoken than the religions in the "Bluer" areas of the country – those North of the Mason/Dixon line where more of the Democratic voters reside. There's probably more of a relationship to education and church attendance, Jack. The lower the education level – the more likely to attend church.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  24. Canute J Chiverton from Texas

    They are more likely to go to Church because they need all the help they can get!

    November 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  25. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Democrats are less likely to go to church because thaey are more open to diversity, new ideas, progressive thinking and adaptability. Republicans fear change and believe punishment is the only way to resolve anything, so a strict structure such as a church environment satisfies their need to both recieve and distribute blame.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  26. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    because anyone who works for wages that votes Republican is obviously susceptible to a phony story and there is nothing MORE phony than organized religion going back to the Catholic church in the middle ages.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  27. Ken Victoria BC

    I do not have a clue as to if the statement is actual true or why there would be a reason. In addition, that factor should not be considered by voters. Personally, if I was required to vote as to which establishment someone attended, I would vote for the patron of the churches of adult beverages.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  28. Terry in Virginia

    I don't think more Republicans go to church as compared to Democrats; it just seems like the Republicans like to put on "the show" more to try to convince true believers to vote for them. Many politicians use religion and going to church as political tools. They use "faith" for publicity and use bibles as weapons against their opponents more than logic and facts. Some politicians think true believers are gullible, and, sadly, none are so blind as those who refuse to see the truth before their very eyes. In my home, God is apolitical and welcomes all, even politicians. But as a voter, I'm an Independent who researchs candidates thoroughly before casting a vote because experience has proven that old joke is true: "How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving."

    November 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  29. Larry -Denver

    Its all smoke and mirrors. those who go want to make sure everyone sees them. Then they can go out and committ acts such as Herman Cain. Its all cover-up.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  30. lou

    People who go to church tend to be republicans, not the other way around. Though lately it doesn't seem to be a very good fit. Republicans are the party that wants to cut the most from the poor and social services. Seems like republicans like to talk the talk about being the party of God, but democrats walk the walk when it comes to supporting the folks Jesus asked us to take care of.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  31. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The reason is republicans have a lot more hypocrites than the democrats. I will take a person that goes to church now and then because he feels he needs to, then a person that goes to church every Sunday and turns around screws the average citizen and votes everything down in Congress just to win an election. If this is not the definition of hypocrites I don't know what is.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  32. s in fl

    Religion and GOP politics are both fear-based. Makes perfect sense.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  33. Brad

    I don't know? I view myself as a liberal, but I'm also a god-fearing man. So in my view, religion should have nothing to do with politics. If I'm going to vote, I'll vote for the man I think is best siuted for the job, not wether he's attending church or not.
    Enosburg Falls, Vermont.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  34. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl republicans think that they can be saved by going to church and buying their way out of hell. democrats already know they are going to hell.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  35. Tom (Atlanta)

    Well Jack, it's pretty simple. Us Republicans believe that we're not beyond help and we might yet be admitted to Heaven while Democrats know that they are toast.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  36. Jim

    Jack, The answer is obvious. Churches are wealthy, pay no taxes, shepard the flocks to status quo positions, forgive bad behavior, take money for a ticket to heaven, and peddle superstition to raise fears. Now that is a ticket to warm a Republican's heart.
    Jim
    Los Anglels

    November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  37. METALWORKER

    Because Repub. try to put on a good front, while they steal the gold from Gradmas eyes. A good prestidigitator also will make you think he is doing something hes not.

    Most Dems live their relig.. They practice it on a daily basis. They know what the poor need because thats what they are and still give, as scripture tellas them, give of the things you need and not of your excesses. METALWORKER in Illinois

    November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  38. Barbara Leavitt

    Well Jack, I think they know they are the bigger sinners. After all they want to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, welfare, unions and oh my you name it~rather than finding the waste and fraud and fixing it......They should be asking themselves WHAT WOULD JESUS DO~~so they go to church. I am pretty sure Jesus did not turn his back on the poor.
    Henderson Nevada

    November 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  39. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    It has something to do with the anti-intellectual herd instinct.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  40. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Religion should have no place in politics. Period.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  41. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, I grew up in the South and very conservative churches were establised there a long time ago. Even among Democratic families, church-goingiwas a strong tradition, Many of the very conservative ones did a lot of fire and brimstone shouting-type sermons with a lot of loud music and "Amen" shouts from inspired members. Democrats often chose less dogmatic churches with somewhat quieter sermons and music. I'm not saying either is better, but the conservative ones bertter matched the often more dogmatic attitudes of a rural, conservative population that existed more then than now. I think the mobile society of today has diluted both groups, but moreso among Democrats.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  42. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack we are creatures of habit. We grow up with parents who are either democrats or republicans or independents. A few other parties perhaps but not one of those has ever elected a president so it is either republican or democrat and that is it. There is no middle ground for voters. It is the same with religion. You either choose to believe or you don't believe. 35 percent of voters are democrat. 27 percent are republicans. 31 percent are independents. Since your survey does not indicate what religious affiliation independents are there is no telling how a vote might come out. Well of course unless the economy is still in the toilet in which case more people will vote to throw Obama under the bus simply because their pocket books are more powerful then their religious beliefs.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  43. Rick B (VA)

    Republicans just advertise it more. It's an extremely good cover, it tells fellow republicans "hey I'm church going no need to ask any questions about my morality or go looking for skeletons in my closet." As we have seen recently with Herman Cain, you can be an associate minister at a church and still act immorally.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  44. Zaskar

    Christian Conservative= Born-again hypocrite!
    Spend the week lying and stealing and go to church on Sunday for forgiveness. That way they can start fresh again on Monday.

    Pleasant Hill
    California

    November 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  45. B Hylton

    Some people live their faith in what they do and advocate; others put on a show. For the latter, "In God we trust" is both the national motto and their political platform. [Fredericksburg VA]

    November 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  46. Deb in MT

    I suspect that Republicans are more aligned with authoritarianism– longing for someone/something to exert absolute control over their lives & decisions regardless of any grounding in fact–than are Democrats, who prefer a reality-based worldview.

    Isn't it ironic that the Republicans claim to be all for 'personal freedom & responsibility', yet are more willing to give all that up to unquestioningly follow the thousands' year old dictates of an invisible cloud being. Go figure....

    November 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  47. Dave, Orlando, FL

    For show. Sorry to be so cynical, but Republicans cannot possibly believe in a hereafter or a God and still advocate for, or do the things they do to their fellow citizens. They are just covering their bases by pretending to pray and believe in God. They think that their sins will be forgiven if they make big enough donations to the Church. And by wearing religion on their sleeves they expect to be fast tracked to heaven – if there is one. (They are so arrogant that they actually think they can fool Him the way they try to fool the rest of us.) Well, according to the nuns who taught me, it just doesn’t work that way, and they will have a big surprise waiting for them when they knock on the pearly gates. They will find, in short order, that they have to walk the walk as well as run their mouths – if there is a God.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  48. MYSTEROIUS

    As a 51 year old African American Christian, I am not sure how accurate your polls are. However, throughtout my life, I've attended several churches, and joined 5 congregations. Most weeks, each church was filled to capacity. I've known thousands of people throughout my lifetime. I'd say that 95% (that I know of) are Christians, and the church I now has membership of 20,000, and is always packed. As a matter of fact, then candidate Barack Obama visited my church on Father's day 2008.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  49. Jack F.

    Jack,

    I think the interior states of the country which are primarily conservative have a lengthy history of religious education during a child's upbringing.

    Jack F.
    Ventura, CA.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  50. David of Alexandria VA

    You have it backwards, Jack - People who go to church are more likely to be Republicans. And, yes, that means that God is, in fact a Republican, just as we have always suspected.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  51. David in Tampa

    Just my guess Jack but they have much more to atone for than the Democrats, they have many more guilt pangs about their conduct and need constant ego boosts, it gives them an undeserved sense of moral superiority, and it looks good for consideration come promotion time. If I'm wrong too bad.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  52. Gary H. Boyd

    For the same reason they have jobs, work hard, pay taxes and don't look to the government for salvation. That government incidently, (the White House) is opposed to prayer on the D-Day monument while the majority in the House support it and that majority is Republican. Democrats are loosy-goosy about a lot of things including religion.

    Gary in Scottsdale, AZ

    November 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  53. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I never did believe in a "higher power", and stopped going to church when I was about 12 years old. I don't believe in might makes right regardless of the facts. And a country should be based on "every person for themselves". For the most part Repblicians believe this things. After all, they went to chruch and were told they were right and some diety was "on their side"

    November 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  54. Andrew Holland

    Because more Democrats are rational, Churches are like prison, one is a place that promotes joining cults, uses violence to spread their message and harbors child molesters and the other is Prison.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  55. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, Two reasons; one for each kind of “Republican.” The “Base” follow there faith. The corporatist leadership follows the Base using fear tactics and emotional single-issues including anti-science; evolution and climate change; and anti-choice and gay rights; plus anti-workers rights, to divide and conquer voters by diverting attention from their corporatist scheme.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  56. Carl

    Both parties are corrupt, maybe one party is more corrupt than the other. Either way, both parties are totally worthless!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  57. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    After all your years in journalism, you know that polls are only as good as the questions, (and the pollsters.) Some of us have to get up early on Sunday mornings to go to work ... and some of us think living our faith is more important than displaying it for an hour each week!

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    November 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  58. Brad, Portland, OR

    Maybe it just means that Republicans are more inclined to believe things that there's no evidence for based on faith alone.

    That would certainly explain a lot of Republican proposals.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  59. David from Herndon, VA

    it's just who they are. they place more credence in their religious beliefs, and are more likely to act in accordance with that their religious leaders tell them to do.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  60. Rick McDaniel

    Why are fewer and fewer people going to church now, than ever before? Simple. The deception has become more than obvious.

    Today, people see religion for what it is.......a control device, to control the behavior of humans. That's all it really has ever been. Sometimes that actually works, but most of the time, it doesn't. Example......Inquisition. All too often, great atrocities occur, in the name of religion. Even today, religion accounts for more terror, murder, and violence, than any other single cause, on this planet.

    The GOP are totally misguided, about social issues, simply because they wear blinders, when they leave their churches, and do not see truth. They need to learn to leave their religion at the church, when they depart the building.

    However, they are far more fiscally responsible, than Democrats, and as such, are essential to saving this country, from its own foolish citizens.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  61. James in Springfield, VA

    Because they have more sins to confess....like how they screwed up this country and are trying to get God too forgive them.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  62. Conor in Chicago

    The Republican Party saw a political opportunity in the 1970's and alligned with the Christian Coalition in order to gain political power. It worked, and the result is now that after 30-40 years of the Republican Party being dominated by values voters and Christians new and young voters who are religious naturally gravitate to the Republican Party as where Secular Rationalists gravitate toward the Democrats. That's why. It's that simple.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  63. Tom Bulger

    The big draw would have to be the confessional.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  64. John B.

    Because they lie, cheat and steal more than the Democrats do, Jack.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  65. Burt in Az

    They must be feeling guilty and need to pray for forgiveness for the wrongs they have done to their fellow Americans.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  66. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    They (Republicans) are therefore the most hypocritical, as I have yet to see one prominent Republican practice their supposed beliefs if it does not benefit themselves or their egos.

    Consequently, they must have the most in need of religion.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  67. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Maybe Republicans feel more guilty about themselves. Or perhaps because they feel more comfortable in a place where you aren't required to think or exercise logic, where one can suspend reality and get into the herd mentality.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  68. Cindy, Nipomo, CA

    Like, likes like. Evangelical churches aren't often friendly to dems, so why go? Just because someone goes to church doesn't mean that they actually read or follow the scriptures.

    Oh, and BTW, I am a believer and a dem.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  69. Karl in Flint

    Why are Republicans more likely to go to church? Looking at the GOP, overall, I have to say hypocrisy and ask what church they actually go to. It certainly isn’t one that teaches “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. They seem to live by “do unto other before they do unto you”. And don’t even bring up, judge not lest ye be judged. The personal slamming of Obama and each other in every debate, and nothing else, belies that. Attending church apparently doesn’t guarantee living their religion the other 167 hours a week. Maybe they just go for the wine at communion or to occasionally sit on the other side of the aisle.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  70. Doug Ericson

    Republicans are much more inclined to be pro life than Democrats, so it is really that issue, ( abortion ), that you are asking about. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  71. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    It's simple. Control and fear. They wish to control their fear of death, fear of the unknown, their fear of people who are different from them and their fear of being the same as everyone else.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  72. Gail, Plano TX.

    Easy question, Jack. Republicans need it more as they have really have no moral thermometer!

    November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  73. Bob from Bellmore, New York

    Because Republicans care more about business than people; more about millionaires than the unfortunate in our society. They constantly need to ask for forgiveness.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  74. Paulette in Dallas

    I don't believe these numbers Jack. Many faithful Roman Catholics are Democrats and they take their religion very seriously. Republicans want to appear to be "holier than thou" and therefore conservative. Republicans are hippocrites.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  75. Michael Roepke Dallas, TX

    This is a toughy Jack. I am a Democrat and a Christian and when I am in church I hear about helping the poor, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, loving my enemies and forgiving those who harm me and then I try to vote those values. My Republican friends hear the same sermons but reject them because they might mean higher taxes and less for themselves.
    No Jack, this question can not be answered.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  76. Cathy

    Because they have to make sure that the conservative right stays on their side- not because of the religion-because,Lord know , that they do not practice their religion

    November 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  77. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    That's an easy one Jack. Maybe the Republicans have more to lose than the Democrats.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  78. Noe

    Because if they didn't they'd lose votes....

    November 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  79. Jerry - Toronto

    Simple answer Jack, votes! They are not any more religious than a Democrat. They just like to pretend they are.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  80. Randy

    Because republicans want to be lead. Democrats want to be leaders.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  81. James in San Diego

    They have many more sins in need of forgiving.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  82. TomInRochNY

    Republicans are used to believing in things that have no basis in fact. Like tax cuts spur economic growth. Or, that if you deregulate the markets they will self-regulate. Or, that repealing the minimum wage will increase wages. So, it isn't too difficult for them to believe in an all powerful, all seeing, all knowing, compassionate god who needs angels to do the work for him, knows we're killing each other in his name, knows he could get us all on the same page with just a brief appearance worldwide and chooses to do nothing.

    The only thing they don't seem to believe in is god helps those who help themselves. Hint, hint congress.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  83. Bill of New Mexico

    Prior to 1960, the Democrats had as many church goers as the Republicans because the Democrats had the Bible Belt.

    A) In 1960, JFK (a Catholic) ran for the presidency:

    -1) Many of the Protestant Churches preached against electing a Catholic to the presidency.

    -2) The Exodus of church goers from the Democratic Party begins.

    B) LBJ's "Great Society" programs and civil rights' laws continued the Exodus of church goers from the Democratic Party.

    C) In the 70s, abortion began a great divide across the country:

    -1) Democrats went to the extreme for "Pro-Choice."

    -2) Republicans went to the extreme for "Pro-Life."

    -3) Many of the remaining church goers finished the Exodus from the Democratic Party.

    -4) The demand for "Pro-Life" united the Protestants and Catholics in the Republican Party.

    D) Each Presidential Race since the 70s reopens the anti-abortion wounds–sending a few of the remaining church goers from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

    -

    .

    November 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  84. Simon/Orlando

    Because Democrats worship at the alter of big government who provides them with all things good and free.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  85. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The GOP, AKA the party of Gouging Ordinary People believe that they are the party of family values. Religion divides people and maybe the people that identify themselves as Democrats are ashamed that they don't have enough money to put into the hat at church but it doesn't make them less than those that are aloof.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  86. Dave Jaipersaud

    It's simple.

    Republicans are more self centered, greedy, uncaring, would rather see someone die for lack of health insurance, would rather let people (women and children) die from hunger, would rather have women and children kicked out of their homes if unable to pay their mortgages through no fault of their own, would rather poor people pay a higher tax rate than rich people, would rather unilateral US war over global action, harbor hateful feelings and thoughts against minorities etc. etc...

    They know these things are not godly so to believe that they can fool god into believing that they are humble, caring, and generous by going to church. They believe that god don’t see or know what they do, say, think outside of church.

    Well my Republican friends, keep thinking that you can fool god at your own peril. Your day of reckoning before god will come. You should not be surprised when he kicks you through the gates of hell for eternity.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  87. Sylvia from San Diego

    Jack,

    Really??? Who cares???? Are you running out of questions to ask??? This is very shallow thinking.....

    November 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  88. Kenneth in California

    Maybe Republicans go to church more because they feel guilty they don’t walk in the footsteps of their God. The bible I understand, mentions the poor 178 times. The last time I looked, the Republicans were called the party of business. The way we have been screwed by the greed and profiteering by the market system, our middle class is evolving into the class of poor. Religious Democrats and Republicans both don’t have a prayer, if the Republican house keeps saying NO.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  89. andyz Lynn, MA

    Republicans need to do penance for what they are trying to do to the elderly, the ill, the handicapped and anyone that is not a Republican.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  90. Mr. D

    Maybe the theory is : "he who prays the most wins". At this point the Republicans need a lot of prayer- for themselves and the country.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  91. Bob D Iowa

    Well I guess that they need forgiveness for their sins against man unless a corporation can be difined as man.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  92. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Pollsters assume that responses to their questions are honest. These were politicians they polled ! Therefore I would say that Republicans are more likely to "say" they go to church and the weight of truth in this is likely equal to the Democratic politicians that "say" they go to church. We just don't know....we have to "believe" and don't forget hope ...thank you Mr. Edwards.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  93. Njie.....in Dallas Texas

    Lol........they are hypocrits.......everybody with a brain knows if Jesus was alive today the Republicans will do everything they can to crucify him again. He stands for everything they hate. He said it will be easier to fit an elephant in the hole of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven............they'll kill him for saying that. Jesus engaged in class war fare..........oops. He said the strong should help the weak, the rich should help the poor and i wonder why the so called religious zealots don't say nothing about that.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  94. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    God must be a Republican, Jewish, Carpenter. This explains his close contact with Bachman and Perry. Neither Bachman, Perry or God or polling well of late

    November 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  95. S. Griffin

    I am so sick of the Republicans using religion when it is convenient! How is it possible that the Republican Party can claim to be the party of morals, yet bend over backwards to protect the interests of the rich and wealthy?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  96. Eve Lemon, London, TX

    Republicans possess a greater talent for talking the talk of a "religious" person and convincing a bunch of fundamental wingnuts who have a one-track mentality and who lack the ability of critical thinking. These fundies focus on issues like same-sex marriage, abortion, etc., and disregard the Bible's focus on taking care of the poor, castigation of greed, etc. It isn't nearly as important to Democrats to use "religious talk" to judge the worth of others and are more comfortable in their skin. Eve Lemon, Independent

    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  97. Conrad Murray

    Because it falls in line with their other delusions....

    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  98. QS in Seattle

    Jack, it's par for the course with conservatives, not just republicans specifically. I tend to believe that a good portion of the less educated go to church more often because they haven't reached a level of intelligence yet to look beyond the convenience that religion offers to see it for what it is, a ponzi scheme.

    Plus, I truly believe that the only way conservatives can feel good about themselves is when they feel they are somehow superior to others....religion grants that convenience all too often as well.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  99. Joeann Edmonds,Mill Valley, California

    As far as I can tell, Republicans fear more, they need something to blame this fear on and to take credit for all that they do. They do not take personal responsibility for their thoughts or actions. It is Jesus or his Father, God, who dictates all actions and results.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  100. Liz Smith

    If your dumb enough to fall for what the Republicans claim to stand for, then your dumb enough to go to church and turn over your hard earned cash so they can continue their tradition of lies, fairy tails and abuse.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  101. PF Ocean Shores,WA

    Democrats USE things, facts, people, etc., as shields. They USE religion when it suits their lust for Socialism (as in "What would Jesus do?"). Teachers unions and protesters USE children as human shields. Public Service unions USE the poor and middle class to suck up health, job, and pension benefits that most of us could never dream of. The part they forget are the Commandments against stealing and coveting as well as worshiping false gods (obama).

    November 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  102. Pam, Arlington,VA.

    I'm from the South and I'd say its because most of the southern states are Republican. There's a reason the South is known as the Bible Belt. I'm guessing church attendance is alot higher in the Southern part of the US compared to other areas of the country.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  103. Charlie from the North

    Whose rights would Jesus take away? Their devotion to life begins at conception and ends about nine months later. I used to think that Republicans were thinking hard working people who were just more conservative than me and I was fine with that but now that the tea party has taken them over they are becoming the opposite of Christ

    November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  104. Matt, Silver Spring, MD

    Because the republicans are more conservative, this doesn't come as a surprise. The fact is that being conservative means being opposed to changes in structure and ideas. Belief in god or gods predates the common bible and goes back many thousands of years. Being progressive, and embracing change, would therefore constitute questioning values like religion, and see if it does or should still play a role in everyday life.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  105. Susan from Idaho

    It' the only social event they are invited to.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  106. Karen, Idaho

    Republicans feel the need to publically share their faith and to demand that everyone else who might not believe as they do are less than acceptable.. This doesn't make them more religious than Democrats–just more needy. They need to broadcast their faith to make themselves look more God-like and moral than anyone else. Democrats are just as devout, but are more likely to feel a solitary connection with God. Their faith is between them and their maker.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  107. open400

    Democrats believe in separation of church and state. The GOP believe we whould pick and chose those things of the New Testament that keep them in power and ignore other parts of the New Testament.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  108. ConcernedPerson

    Because repubs are more hypocritical, gullible, ignorant and fearful. These are all the ingredients for a more religious person too!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  109. Iconoclast- Denver

    The answer is very simple Jack: "Religion is the last refuge of the scoundrel"- Believe that was a Samuel Clements quotation and just as truthful today as it was 125 years ago. God bless Mark Twain.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  110. Justinconvo

    Praise GOD and pass the bullets huh??
    Everyone that goes to church won't make it to the Gates.
    If the saying is true, that it is harder for a Rich man to get into heaven that it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle....well. You do the math.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  111. Jim Rousch, Mission Viejo, CA

    The notion that Republicans attend church more often than do Democrats means nothing since Republicans have no sense of compassion or justice.

    "Mercy triumphs over judgement."

    November 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  112. Jess C

    Because as a group, I would offer that Dems rely more on education and science vs. dogma to make decisions and develop policy. Religion and politics should remain separate for so many obvious reasons. Religion clouds rational thought. Repubs. scream for "smaller govt." yet have no qualms about the govt. intervening in our personal lives. Pure hypocrisy.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  113. Mark

    Democrats are busy volunteering and helping the poor. Republicans are busy comparing clothing

    November 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  114. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Have you seen the Politifact files on the Republican candidates? I'll give you a hint: Their pants are on fire. One would have to be a person of faith to believe the nonsense they are spouting.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  115. longtooth

    Churches are hypocrite hangouts. They pray to God while they prey on the weakminded. Come on, Jack, you know it's true. The churches converted the druids in the old country by killing them.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  116. R. A. Williamson of Danville CA

    The GOP hasn't figured out that nothing fails like prayer.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  117. Jane Boyea

    Sheep. Plain and Simple. baaaaaAAAAAAAAA

    November 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Larry in Houston

    Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?

    Answer: They want to make the good Lord "think" that they are "following the Lord" and going by the ten commandments and living the right way, and doing the correct thing(s). BUT – when their "time" is up, when Judgement day comes – when they are at the "pearly gates" and "God" asks them what were the "good things" that they done for the LEAST of their Brethern, What Do You Think They are Going to Say, Jack ? Do you think they are going to reach into their pocket for a couple of million dollars – out their Own Pocket, and ask the Lord, "would you Please Accept a few hundred million, or a few billion ?? ( so they can "enter the gates of Heaven" ?)

    Jack – You ever heard of a RINO ? You ever heard of a DINO ?

    RINO – means that You are : Republican In Name Only.
    DINO – means that You are : Democrats In Name Only

    November 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Daryn

    I've seen reports before that showed how the higher level of education a person has, the less likely they are to believe an God(s). I've never seen a report or know if one has been taken, but I'm guessing that the higher the level of education a person has, the less likely they are to be a republican. No wonder Republicans want to cut spending on education, all this education is turning us into a nation of intelligent, reasoning, evil heathens!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  120. Cody

    In the GOP, religion has become a part of the platform. Many deeply religious individuals vote conservative specifically because they feel the degree of religiousness a candidate displays is integral to his quality as a leader. This idea is not as thoroughly accepted among liberals, whose party platform is more secular. By espousing religion, the GOP attracts the religious in the same way that democrats appeal to unions for their pro-labor policies.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  121. Edward T. Mulligan

    Maybe Democrats are just too smart and educated to buy into the folly that is organized religion. Maybe they think, as did our founding fathers, that religion is primarily a personal matter to be kept out of politics and affairs of state.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  122. Pam- Eastview, KY

    Its not why more Republicans go to church–its why are more Christians Republican? Its simply the conservative platform is more Bible based.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  123. Patrick in FL

    Democrats are smarter.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  124. Melissa

    Why? Because they're all uneducated morons that believe everything their republican leaders tell them. Of course the country is going downhill when so many of them believe in an imaginary man in the sky.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  125. George Sarty

    Simple, they believe in 'magical' solutions, like cutting tax revenues will balance the budget and cutting taxes on the wealthiest will create jobs....

    Water into wine

    November 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  126. Dave in AZ

    Republicans do not let facts interfere with their beliefs. Vincent Bugliosi described this condition in detail in his latest book DIVINITY OF DOUBT.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  127. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Thats easy Jack, Liberals dont like rules and pretty much have an anything goes mentality which is responsible for the way this country is today.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  128. Andrew

    Republicans, like churchgoers, are used to being told what to do, how to think, act etc... Republicans are also more likely to listen to political talk radio so they can know what is good (Money, greed, unborn fetuses) and what is bad (Liberals, taxes, and aborted fetuses).

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  129. Gigi Oregon

    Anyone can and do say they are a faithfully church attender. But saying it and being a Godly person is two different things. Following the Ten commandments to the letter would be a better recommendations to be a Godly person. You can be in the pew every time the church door is opened...it isn't going to get you much. How much do you "love God and your neighbor". And are you ready to "sell all your goods and give it to the poor"...Sorry I' can't find many Republicans in that scripture message...maybe Democrats are more timid about boasting.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  130. Greenspam

    Study is flaw. People say one thing and do another. What they should really do is to stand outside a church and then poll whether someone is Democrat or Republican or Independent.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  131. Brian in San Francisco, CA

    Jack, I can understand the results of this study. While living in the Midwest, I only went to church for weddings and funerals, because I disliked the over-reaching, Bible-thumping fire and brimstone of the sermons and the congregations. But, listen to this. Since living in San Francisco, I have become a regular church-goer who is active in his church. Why? My church does not fit the negative stereotype I had in my head. Rather, the church and congregation is accepting of diversity, and rejects discrimination.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  132. Keith

    My theory is that it is related to brain function. Republicans and the religious right process information mostly with the left side of their brain.They are more comforted by a strict fundamental interpretation of their beliefs. They need someone to draw clear boudaries in their faith. (eg; church)
    Democrats, and liberals think on the right side of their brain and are more comforted by a more open interpretation of their beliefs. They need an environment that allows them to interpret things for themselves. (eg; a walk in the park)
    This a generaliztion of course but something to think about.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  133. pastafaria

    Because the scientific estimate of the earth's true age expressed in years has too many zeros for Republican's to comprehend, whereas most can understand the Christian Right's estimate of 6,000 years. Also, the true origins of the universe and its inhabitants require an understanding of basic astronomy, biology, and geology, preferably at a college level, whereas there are picture books and coloring books published for the purpose of educating "children" about religion.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  134. Bernie Margolis

    It's not that Republicans are more likely to go to church. It's that churchgoers are more likely to become Republicans. This is because starting in the nineties Republicans began casting themselves are the party of good moral character, "family values," and piety. Have we forgotten Dan Quayle's criticism of Murphy Brown, the relentless attack on Clinton over allegations of marital infidelity, and George W. Bush's insistence that Intelligent Design become part of the public schools' curriculum? These values resonate with churchgoers, so of course they will gravitate toward the Republican party. The Democrats value public charity, which should appeal to churchgoers, but they do a bad job of putting their values in a religious context.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  135. JD

    Because at church, people can only give their OWN money in the collection plate, not redistribute somebody else's. To make up for it, the charities supported by the churches are 94 percent Democrat

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  136. Ron WPAFB

    First and foremost, let me say that the history,(gospel), of Jesus Christ is impressive and I think lessons can be learned and taught from it! That being said, I also think there is something spiritual and I do not know what it is, but respect it very much. If you are in touch with yourself on a spiritual plane, then you can't not see it.
    But like Stephen Hawking, "I do not need a Deity to explain the Universe!" On the other hand, Republicans are for the most part, very emotional to the point of obsession. They are, by all definitions narrow sighted and the least Science oriented of the Political Parties. They brush off common sense like it was a parasite! So they go to Church as a cult following, not at all unlike the witch hunters of the Dark Ages!

    I personally think that if anyone doesn't understand that what the early Religious peoples saw as Gods were simply advanced civilizations from other worlds, they are closed minded and allow no room for higher understanding of this life and the Universe around us. I do believe that the answers are in the Bible itself. We are told over and over again that God is in us, and I believe that 100%. In our Genetic Code is the God Gene. It is dormant for the most part, but it is there.

    The Republicans are for cutting education along with every social program that is the pure definition of Christian. Programs that help the needy, the Elderly, the Children, the Poor, they want to cut! Even though the Bible clearly tells Christians to help. To lend a brother your positions if he needs! And the Republicans continue to go to church but refuse to practice the teachings????

    Education is the pathway to the Truth. And the truth is out there, but the Republicans want to hide it so they can continue to rule! Sound familiar in Biblical terms?

    I say, lets say No to the Republicans in 2012. They have said no to Jobs and Social Programs and don't have a plan that immediately helps anyone! They don't care if they keep people from Jobs, Health Care, or a place to live or a school to learn in! Lets tell them no in 2012 and see how they like it!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  137. Chris

    Simple Jack: fewer democrats believe mysticism is useful when solving problems.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  138. Dr. Phil Jursek, Delaware, OH

    Republicans are modern day Pharisees. They pray, they support Christian causes and wear their religiosity on their collective sleeves, but-at the same time-they would deny health care services to the indigent, would expand the rolls of the uninsured and are pathetically stonewalling any jobs program in their fanatical desire to "Get Mr. Obama." Would would Jesus do? He would denounce their hypocritical ways!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  139. Dave Denomie

    Milwaukee, WI

    Your question's premise is wrong. Republicans don't GO to church more often. They SAY they do. Not the same thing.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  140. Dan Bednarik, PhD

    Simple one Jack - because they feel guilty for the mess we are in.

    Dan Bednarik, PhD
    Highland, Maryland

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  141. peick

    Mr. Cafferty, Peter from Phoenix.

    I think you have it backwards. Protestant Christians are often aligned with the Republican party as the lesser of two evils in the political sphere. No party accurately reflects Christian teaching, but Democrats more often take positions that are contrary to Christian moral teaching. This is not to make Republicans into bastions of Christian values with their greed and insensitivity to human suffering. But it beats killing babies, marrying against nature, and lowering standards so that no one is excluded regardless of how vile his/her behavior.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  142. rich seidner

    They have so much more to repent.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  143. Matthew

    Because they're scared of atheism and love waiving linus' blanket in everyone face, this is comming from a catholic

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  144. GeorgeW

    Hypocrites need more prayer?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  145. Maps in Indianapolis

    Do you really have to ask? The republicans pump abortion into every aspect of politics to win the support of religious voters. What's funny to me is they are the same people who supposedly fight for the constitution, yet never speak up in less its for a GOP cause or the Koch Bros. told them to.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  146. Wayne Woodward

    It's simple-they are less moral

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  147. shabbir

    Because Republican are the sinner who needs to pray hard and more to be forgiven by God

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  148. Mike

    Because Republicans are hypocrites. Look at Cain and Perry just read on the Internet about their sex lives. Republicans tell others people how to live and do the opposite. They are ridden with guilt and are less religious then people that do the right thing and take responsibility. Republicans blame everybody for their problems because they are phony.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  149. Ken

    Republicans need imaginary friends.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  150. rosemarie

    Of course Republicans attend church more often. After they screw the poor they need to beg God for forgiveness.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  151. Jeremy

    Republicans say they are church-goers? Wait, I've seen that movie. It's called FOOTLOOSE

    Jeremy
    Malibu, CA

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  152. Leigh, southern New Jersey

    They want to give the illusion that they follow Jesus Christ's teachings, when in reality in their ideals and goals, they couldn't be more further away from His teachings if they were strapped to the back of a rocket bound for the other side of the universe.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  153. Greg

    That's easy Jack. Republicans have more sins to confest to.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  154. Sarav Chidambaram

    Republicans are ones who like to be spoon fed. They believe whatever they are preached. They dont care about the truth behind what they believe in. All the rich people use this ploy to steal their pants while they pray.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  155. Danny K

    Republicans deep down want to be catholic priests.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  156. Chris, Irving, Tx

    Actually, I think it is better stated, those that go to church are more likely to be Republican. The Conservative side is more religious based and the Democratic side tends to go with something closer to separation of Church and State. Neither is wrong or right, they are just different views.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  157. Ron from NEBR.

    Because they have alot more sins that they have to make themselves feel better about!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  158. PM

    Because Republicans are better hypocrites than Democrats.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  159. c harlotte holloman

    Simple: Republicans are rule followers. Organized religion is about following rules. Democrats are liberal thinkers, therefore not rule oriented.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  160. Adam

    Jack it's simple, Republicans are mainly simple minded fools who want to deflect responsibility for our country's problems and depend on an imaginary Magic Man to save them.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  161. Tim in Houston

    Easy – they have so much more to ask forgiveness for!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  162. ken shapiro - Baltimore

    Jack...you have it backwards. It's not that Republicans just happen to go to church more, it's that the delusional religious (yes, all religious people are delusional) have flocked to the party that bashes gays, opposes same sex marriage, and supports many social issues based on arcane, irrational biblical nonsense.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  163. beevee

    Because they are afraid that god won't let them into heaven for all the sins they knowigly commit as mortals. Going to church they think will appease god. But HE knows.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  164. Cole

    You people should check statistics about charitable contributions of republicans versus democrats.

    Republicans donate significantly more. Apparantly democrats think forcing people to pay higher taxes (whereby diluting their own responsibility & guilt) is a proper substitue.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  165. Tom - Denver

    More republicans go to church than democrats because republicans are ignorant and old fashioned. They want to believe in god so they don't have to take responsibility for their own lives. Democrats think for themselves.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  166. Joy - Teaneck

    uuuh because religion is the natural home of the psycho and mentally ill people really believe that there is a God, no matter how you wrap it up in fluffy language and woo woo, shoot yourself into outter space and there is nothing out there but blackness and planets, no one taking requests, serving up justice and listening to any of our simpering. Why republicans are into religion – they're just frauds and religion means nothing. Doesn't mean you're a good person, just means you got nothing to do on Sunday morning.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  167. Jim Naples Florida

    Jack, it really is a very simple answer; Republicans go to church more often to 1.) convince others and themselves that they are GOD FEARING PEOPLE and to ask for forgiveness of their sins again and again and again and again and again..... etc.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  168. Kevin

    Back in the 80's the extreme fundamentalists went on a campaign to take over the Republican Party. . They were effective... In the herd mentality now many Christians have been duped into thinking that if they vote other than Republican that SOMEHOW they are not being good Christians... This is bunk. But sadly they are the ones duped and I have my own faith and can think for myself.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  169. chris in Tx

    people who are in the GOP put their faith in God to protect and watch over them and for a moral compass while people who are liberal democrats put their faith in their government to show them how to do the previous mentioned as well as how to tie their shoe the gov't approved way!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  170. Richard Martin

    The answer is painfully simple – I.Q.

    Richard/Canada

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  171. samiaminiowa

    Republicans don't think for themselves, thus they go to church, so they can be told what to think!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  172. Patrick

    Because they are not as intelligent as Dems.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  173. pkfops

    That's an easy one.

    They can't think for themselves and need to be lead like sheep.

    Some people let things happen and some make things happen.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  174. Jesse

    Republicans have WAY more sins to confess!! LOL Democrats tend to help others more often, so God understands our need to watch Football too! :)

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  175. WDinDallas

    Republicans are smarter, and they are going to Heaven.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  176. Leonard jackson

    If just going to church makes us true Christians, then going to the doctors office shoulder's make us doctors.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  177. William in Lake Worth, FL

    Republicans are smarter. The reason why Republicans go to Church more than Democrats is because Democrats don't want to hear what their pastors have to say when it comes to issues like abortion and gay marriage. The Democrats knows its wrong and decide not to go to church.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  178. Derfo

    Jack:

    Why Democrats are less Churchieees the Republican?
    I think your brain is clogged with Irish Wisky...

    Wake up Jack
    Derfo

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  179. Geoff

    It takes less soap to wash their brains

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  180. Dave - Round Rock, TX

    Republicans have cynically co-opted certain Christian hot-button issues to get votes without doing anything real for America. Democrats have not done as well, though they favor REAL Christian issues like charity, poverty, and love.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  181. Leon D. R.

    It seems one Party looks unto themselves for the answers and the other looks unto the Divine. It's easier to leave it up to God and do nothing rather than join forces with your fellow man to get things done.
    Praying for rain didn't help at all, and God told Perry, Bachmann, ect. to run for President....I think someone was whispering into their ears while they were asleep..
    Magic NEVER solved anything.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  182. justina

    Republicans tend to gravitate to more traditional religious practices, sects.

    Democrats probably express their spirituality (relationship to God) in less traditional formats. An intimacy with God does not require a Church.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  183. Mike in CA

    Democrats are more willing to question the norm. Its not that they don't believe in anything, it's that they believe in scientific thought like evolution and global warming.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  184. WWJD?

    True Christians don't get off on kicking the people at the bottom. True Christians don't propose tax systems which put a disproportionate amount of the burden on people who can barely afford to eat while the rich get tax breaks. True Christians don't try to cut social security for the disadvantaged. True Christians don't oppose a health system which provides cheap affordable healthcare to everyone regardless of their income and which has worked successfully around the world. True Christians don't salivate over someone being put to death by lethal injection.

    Seriously, WWJD? He wouldn't be proposing a 9/9/9 tax which taxes everyone at the same rate, that's for sure.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  185. Nick in Virginia

    Because our currency has the words "In God We Trust", and Republicans have more of it.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  186. QS in Seattle

    Jack, perhaps you could do a study or poll or something that shows the link between areas of the country that have higher church attendance and lower education stats. I would hazard a guess that the states with the worst education stats have some of the highest church-going stats!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  187. Linda in Arizona

    First of all, republicans are hypocrites. They're also conformists; you know, CONSERVATIVES. They tend to be people who believe what they're told, and not question authority. This makes them perfect candidates for religious hucksters, 99.9% of whom are republicans. Finally, on some level, they HAVE to feel guilty for all the heartless, selfish things they do in their lives. Let's hope some of them are praying for forgiveness.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  188. Hugh-Topeka, KS

    We Democrats are still hung over from last nights partying and can't get up in time for church.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  189. Maslov

    That is sort the wrong question. It is religious people to are attracted to the Republicans. Republicans try to shove their religious beliefs in the face of everyone else. Most Democrats, even the religious ones, want religion OUT of government.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  190. Joshua Jones

    Simple Jack. Democrats, progressive ideals necessitate a believe in an all powerful government to furnish the needs of man. That man is naturally good and can use the government to raise himself up. Christians , if following the bible, should see God as the ultimate provider and government as a mere tool to ensure justice is carried out.

    Rainsville, AL

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  191. Cindi in Washington State

    Why are you assuming that everyone is a Christian? I don't go to church because I'm a Pagan. I don't "need" a building to practice my faith. And just because I am not a Christian doesn't mean I don't believe in a higher power. Contrary to what most Christians want you to believe, the United States is not a Christian nature. We have something called Freedom of Religion. Ever hear of it?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  192. Mary Gryger

    Maybe Republicans need to go to church to put on a show of respectability and morality. After all, it's not as if they actually pay any attention to the teachings of Jesus.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  193. Bill Schneider

    Republicans are more conservative and more likely to respect traditions and moral guidelines. Democrats are more likely to emphasize personal license and less likely to accept universal moral strictures.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  194. Dave Denomie

    Herman Cain is a 'minister.' Yet he jokes and brags about his skyrocketing fund-raising when confronted by accusations of inappropriate social behavior. 'Churchgoing,' or even being a minister, clearly do not equate with morals in all cases.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  195. Dave

    That's easy, Jack-guilt.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  196. Angela University Place Washington

    Prayer or Faith does not require one to go to church in order to be religious, as proof by this party., They took the GOP letters and and flipped the p to d because they act as if the are GOD...

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  197. kari schmidt

    Because they feel guilty and know they are wrong

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  198. Nancy - Pella, Iowa

    Most people are unaware of the deliberate political efforts of the Christian right to gain followers from the church. To do this they have made Abortion the issue - and voting Republican in order to get the Supreme Court stacked with Conservative Republicans to overturn Rowe Vs Wade. Read "Crazy for God" - the author was part of this movement in the 70's onward, and finally left it in disgust. Republicans are no more "religious" authentically than Democrats - it is just that more of them have been hoodwinked by guilt and blindly follow the church's charismatic leaders instead of Christ.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  199. Reagan80

    If the question had been for "mosque" instead of "church", more Democrats would have attended.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  200. Father Tom Michael

    It's very unfair to say that just because one does not attend church he or she is not religious. I have found that many Democrats are simply sick and tired of religious meddling in affairs of state. It seems to me that the Republican machine panders to those who are easily led, fundamentalists and ultra conservative Christians that are at the beck and call of the pulpits and "faith" groups that command them. People that think for themselves tend to be more personal in their beliefs, not like the loud wailing man in the temple.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  201. Gail Stewart

    I believe Republicans are more likely to use attendance at the "right" church for its social rewards and to enhance their business contacts. I believe Democrats are just as spiritual, yet not so shallow.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  202. nora pechka

    Republicans want to use the donations to church as income tax deductions. Most churches in the South only pass the collection plate. Therefore, no record of donations is kept. Republicans can put whatever they want to put as their donation to church on their income tax returns. They are not more religious, they care more about their money than Democrats. That is the real story.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  203. Tel

    Two simple answers: gays and abortions. Almost all churches strongly oppose both (at least officially and publicly). Democrats support gay rights; Republicans don't. Democrats want abortion to be legal; Republicans don't. Those are really the two key policy issues that churches have concerned themselves with over the last 30-40 years. If your identity as a church-goer is more important than your political identity, why would you join a political party that supports of murder and sodomy? If your identity as a Democrat is more important than your identity as a church-goer, why would you join (or stay in) a church that believes in violating the fundamental rights of your fellow citizens?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  204. Kevin in FL

    Very simple, Democrats embody the teachings of Christ (compassion for their fellow man, giving to the poor, etc.) even if they do not believe in God. Republicans have to 'make a show' of Christianity while ignoring the teachings of Christ in their daily lives, their attendance is an attempt to assuage guilt. Democrats strive to build a world which fosters the health of mankind, Republicans strive to create a world which exploits all but the top 1% and ignores the plight of mankind.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  205. Georg Cantor

    It's in what makes a Democrat a Democrat. Democrats seek more liberal and progressive views because that's what ends up being more logical. Much in the same sense Democrats are quicker to realize and understand the irrelevance of any theistic based belief system, that goes for you too atheists.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  206. Amy

    I cannot believe this point isn't discussed more, as it is glaringly obvious: It's not that Republicans are more likely to go to church. It's that church-going people are more likely to vote Republican: pro-life, anti-gay marriage, etc. It's that simple. If we actually took church out of state, we'd have a third party: the Religious Right. And holy wars would ensue. If any of the GOP yahoos get elected, this country would get exactly what it deserves. And if the majority of the Right were any smarter, they'd realize how stupid they really are.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  207. Johnny Santoro

    They sin too much.

    Johnny Santoro, a Democrate, who sins half as much.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  208. duck the Bold, Houston TX

    My hypothesis is that because Republicans are more conservative, they are less open to challenging the beliefs instilled upon them by their parents. Because Democrats are more progressive, they are more open to challenging the prevailing beliefs. I would wager that those Democrats who are the most regular churchgoers are also the most conservative and vice versa for Republicans.

    Why didn’t anyone poll non-aligned voters? Or did you just fail to mention the results?

    By-the-way, Perry's three-day prayerfest for rain didn't help my lawn any. I put my faith in the Clear Lake Water Authority and got a much better response.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  209. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    This questions reminds me of something I witnessed in my youth. My family attended church every Sunday as did one of our County Commissioners. My parents were working class Democrats and put $30 into the collection plate, $30 dollars our family could barely afford. EverySunday, I saw the Commish, a Republican, pull out a wad of bills, unroll them and peel off 2 singles that he'd put into the plate. When I asked my Dad, he said our reward would be in Heaven, not on Earth. I took his lesson to heart, that Republicans need to attend church as they appear to steal Heaven on Earth from those who really work for it.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  210. Ed Evans

    I don't know Jack, but they rarely follow their faith. The shout down gays, they cheer the death penalty, and if you can't pay for health care they think you should just die. When all is said and done the religious right is often neither.

    Ed
    Kirkland, WA

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  211. Dejan Stanisavljevic

    It is beacuse narrow minded people cling to guns and religion

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  212. Jeff

    To repent their sins.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  213. Scott Chandler

    I think the question is bit wrong. It’s not so much that Republicans are more religious. It’ at more religious people are more conservative.
    But that’s not always the case. I’m a republican but not particularly religious nor do I think it should play much of a part in politics.
    I think bring religion into politics hurts the ability to compromise.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  214. Anne in Georgia

    The Bible is clear about right and wrong and Republicans tend to agree with it. Things like abortion, homosexuality, and the freeloading system that is welfare are all things that Democrats support. Christianity is too convicting and flies in the face of most Democrat's beliefs.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  215. Bev

    DUH!! Because Republicans are closet sinners and believe they will be seen as rightous people if seen in church. It is a shield for them and use faith in the wrong way. Us Democrats are out-of-the closet sinners and do not care who knows it...We do not need to feel rightous to know we are good people. Sorry to all of my Republican friends who are truly rightous.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  216. fixingstupid

    LIBERALS believe they are a GOD UNTO THEMSELVES. They answer to no one except their wants and desires.

    It is the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives believe we answer to a higher authority.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  217. m sealey

    the dumber you are the more you believe in fairy stories

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  218. Linda

    The more educated and/or well read a person is, the more likely they are to finally realize that there is no god, the so-called holy bible is nothing more than an oral collection of myths and fables handed down and written by bronze age authors who believed that the world was flat. Apparently many people who lean toward democratic type beliefs rather than republican beliefs have figured this all out.
    Having someone like Perry or Bachman in the Oval Office for 4 years gives me nightmares. So much for separation of church and state!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  219. Bob T - Southfield, MI

    Jack – Maybe the Republicans are more easily brainwashed than the Democrats. Maybe the Republicans like religion where they are taught that the Mormon faith is a cult and liberals are evil. Maybe the Republicans are religious but are they spiritually connected with a God of their choice? Remember: religion is good for people who have a fear of going to hell and spirituality is good for people who have already been there. Ahmen brother Jack.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  220. Eric Chaillot

    Republicans rely on beliefs, rather than facts. And they are proud of it. They are oblivious of the consequences of their actions and would much rather lean on fairy tales than reality. Who cares about poverty when Jesus says the poor will be blessed? The poor should be sooo thankful to be poor and the unfortunate rich should be rewarded with tax breaks. Yeah, republicans are believers all right.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  221. Osea Nelson

    I think the answer is that by and large the hard right eschews the scientific method; i.e., they are much more likely to adhere to strong convictions than to participate in dialogue requiring logic and fact. And I think this fact trickles down to the street-level Republican who accpets most Republican talking points, again, on faith rather than reason. In short, Republicans are far more likely to base their actions on mere beliefs than are democrats.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  222. John Moore in Petaluma, CA

    Jack, Maybe some vocal Republicans are living in an imaginary dream world. Prayer is a personal choice for us all but if we expect God to fix our problems we are in trouble. We earthly critters have to take care of ourselves.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  223. Dave Sielaff

    Jack

    Maybe God needs to be inside a person 24/7, rather inside a Church a few hours. That would be that data to be found out if possible!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  224. Brian

    You think maybe Democrats are "turned off" to religion because of the way Republicans use it to push their agenda and demonize their opponents? From what I heard at least 30% of Americans don't identify with any religion. 30% sounds like enough to start a very badly needed 3rd party in this country and I think that's a scarey reality for most politicians.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  225. Joe

    Jack why does this even matter? I dont care how many times a person goes to church. this is whats wrong with politics. we're worried about how many time the canidates or whoever go to church and what religion they are. the founding fathers created the serperation between church and state. what ever happened to that? they knew that religion is blind to reason and logic and would only cause deadlock in debate because of personal belief. i want a leader that doesnt make a huge deal of religion. how many time a person goes to church isnt going to lower the national debt. it isnt going to create jobs. it isnt going to fix immigration. and it isnt going to influence my vote

    November 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  226. Burbank from CA

    Duh! Because they are conservatives and that's part of being conservative. Next silly question please....

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  227. Wale

    It definitely doesn't show in them, they are full of evil and selfish ... This country would have been much more better if they follow the bible they read in church

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  228. Ken in NC

    Republicans spend more time in church because they need so much more time to beg forgiveness for all the sins they comit.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  229. nora pechka

    The churches in the South tell you only the Republicans go to heaven. So, if you are a Democrat you stop going to church because you get tired of being told who to vote for and that you are going to hell unless you are Republican.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  230. John - Chesapeake, VA

    Of course Republicans are more likely to attend church, Jack. To them, God's guidance is their only excuse for a party that can't find a better justification for their actions.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  231. Dolores Surprise AZ

    They are a lot more radical and also hypocritical. example: Huckaby, a so called Baptist Preacher, telling voters to check with their neighbors and friends and ask them to vote YES on issue two in Ohio about collective bargaining....If the friends and neighbors said they were going to vote NO then STOP them from going to the poles by letting the air out of their tires, calling them and telling them the election is the day AFTER the election, just anyway to stop them from voting...Good Christian man huh???

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  232. Tyler G.

    Republicans have bigger fear centers in their brains, this is proven. This is why they're more likely to go to war and more likely to go to church (for an explanation of the unexplainable.) Maybe Republicans shouldn't be the ones in charge of anything war or fear related, instead leave it to people that are more grounded.

    Tyler
    from Minneapolis

    P.S. the first comment about 'Republicans are smarter,' I thought was really funny being that there's little logic in Religion.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  233. Dave in Port Townsend, WA

    Individuals of higher intelligence are significantly more likely to be liberal and atheist, according to multiple studies. I think your statistic simply supports those findings. For an example of one such study, look at the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  234. Ken

    Democrats are by nature, more arrogant, they feel they are superior and do not believe in a "higher power" Look at their position on global warming for example...Mr. Gore and his co hearts actually think that they/we human beings can change or "control" the climate? I think not. Republicans on the other hand are more likely to realize that there is indeed a superior power that created this world and we infinite humans ....God.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  235. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    There might be a couple of reasons. One, given their frequent hijinks, maybe Republicans realize they need more organized spiritual help to get to heaven.

    Or, maybe it is because those who go to church all the time, and have really strong beliefs in things they cannot see, are by that reason well qualified to believe the Republican spiel!

    Or, it could just be stupidity. Look at what the Republican Party has run for public office, and tell me that is not a viable explanation!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  236. Barbara Johnson

    My ancestors came to this country for religious freedom and that includes any stripe of religion you care to name, The Republicans seem to take this idea in its most simplistic form, i.e., "you are religious if you go to church." No, I'm afraid that's not true at all. You are a truly virtuous person if you use the teaching of Jesus Christ, mohammad, et al, as your example of how to live your life. Anything else is "talk" without the "walk".

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  237. Pat - Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack – Hypocrasy dosent belong to one Party alone. Jesus said it all. Matt 23:1-5 "Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: "The scribes (Representatives) and the Pharisees (Senators) sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men."

    November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  238. Maureen Startin

    Republicans go to church more in order to give the appearance of caring and the values of Judeo-Christianity. If that be the case, then they ought to support rendering unto God what is his, and rendering unto Caesar what is his. Thus, that means taxing, casting out the moneylenders, and caring for the poor and downtrodden! Otherwise, it's just hypocrisy on their parts!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  239. zulusafari

    Your question is backward. Instead of 'Why are Republicans more likely than Democrats to go to church?' It should read 'why are church goers more likely to be Republican than Democrat?'

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  240. BILL R

    very easy.. they like to use their elmer gantry pulpit.. to say do as i say not as i do...st louis,mo.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  241. Anthony

    Simple, Jack. Look at the results from the 2008 election and rank the states by average IQ, you'll see virtually all blue states on top, red on the bottom.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  242. John Gray-Enterprise, OR

    It seems pretty obvious to me Jack, these backward Robin Hood republicans who steal from the poor and give to the rich need more Divine help than the democrats. Good question Jack.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  243. paul

    Part of being progressive is the natural spiritual evolution beyond the church.
    The grand older party still relies on the network of the church, and it will be there for a long time to come.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  244. WDinDallas

    WWJD: Only the ignorant ask What would Jesus do.

    Read the Bible!

    He owned his own business, he was a master carpenter.

    He put the Father Almighty first. He was evangelical.

    He paid taxes (unlike many in our society)

    He gave to the poor (charity)

    His first priority was to his own Jews, he let the apostles deal with the Gentiles. That means nationality first before immigrants and aliens.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  245. Ade

    For a group who is so evil toward the poor and outcast of this country, they are simply trying to cover their butts.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  246. Robert, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Jack I think it's more like Church makes you Republican.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  247. jimmy

    because republicans worship authority. they may hate "government" when it gets involved in the economy, but they love all other forms of societal authority over the individual they claim to respect. they will always take the side of the cops, the military, bosses, parents, teachers, and churches, regardless of the merits of the situation. whoever uses his or her power to hassle you and make your life miserable is being cheered on by republicans.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  248. johnchristopher

    Republicans are bigger church-goers because they are bigger hypocrites than Democrats on the whole...and more delusional. They also don't realize that Jesus was history's biggest Social-Democrat, who threw money changers out of the temple while Republicans embrace them as saint-like.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  249. Keith Hyde

    Because Republicans are traditionalists. They are more concerned about "how things should be" or "keeping things the way they have always been" as opposed to "how things really are." They don't seem to be able deal with the reality of change. I will vote for a politician who relies on action, rather than prayer any day of the week.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  250. Dollie in FL

    Jack, Guess what? The Pharisee was devout and so was the Sadduces, but when it came to love, when it came to judging others, how accepting were they really to Jesus Christ? especially when you have a beam in your eye bigger than your body. I am a Christian, and I am a Democrat, but I love all people, my heart is sad over the fate of the needy and the poor and the middle class but what do the Republican care, they suppose to be Christian and yet they have hate written all over them. They are the reason a lot of people deny Christ and want nothing to do with the Church. God gave us a choice to chose between right and wrong but the Republican want to be God by taken a person choice away from them. Bill O'REilly claim he goes to church every Sunday and yet he is riddle with hate and sin, so the fact that they are more likely to go to church then a Democrat don't mean a Hill of Beans. They are doom to hell because they do not know how to do the very basic the Bible ask all of us to do and that is to Love with your heart and help the needy and the poor. And when they do help with the charity or a disaster, they only do it because they have it to do it. I do it and I dont have it to do, but I love which is more important than giving. Just my thought.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  251. david lunianski

    David From Maine

    Republicans have more free time to attend church. Democrats are to busy thinking, listening and developing policies that will aid the economy and America. Republicans, in contrast, hope to find new ideas and policy in the heavens!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  252. Randy Blank, Hermitage, PA

    Republicans are conservative in many ways, including religion. Its almost like a grand scale personality category.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  253. Amanda

    Perhaps they attend church to ask God's forgiveness for picking and choosing which Christian principles apply to them. Maybe if they loved their neighbor as they love themselves we'd all have jobs. Maybe if they remembered Jesus, who healed the sick regardless of their socioeconomic status, we'd all have access to healthcare. Maybe if they remembered not to judge others lest they judge themselves our society might live in harmony. It would seem that Democrats as a whole exhibit behavior that more closely resembles someone who regularly attends church.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  254. Karen

    Republicans may need a 'guy in the sky' father figure to tell them what to do; if 'he's' talking, they don't seem to be listening...

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  255. Karen

    It's like I just said, the less educated one is, the more likely one is to attend chruch–They can't think for themselves. I wouldn't go as far as Jesse Ventura's comment that church is for the weak, but it would come pretty close!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  256. Elizabeth

    I think the more relevant question is "what is the Christian behavior" of the voters. I am a religious Democrat, so I value church involvement. But from the loudest Republicans, their behavior is very uncaring, unChristian, and selfish in their attitudes. Empathy for ALL your fellow humans, not just those in your church or of your political party, what Jesus preached. Caring for those who are not as fortunate as yourself and who have had reversals in their lives.
    Elizabeth in Texas

    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  257. John

    The word "Church" implies a Christian-centric point of view and therefore a definite bias in the question. Just remember there are many non-christian religions in the world. Christianity asks that you "believe", and take the scriptures as presented by the religious leader on faith. Other religions tell you to question beliefs and arrive at your own conclusions.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  258. Jennifer from Michigan

    Isn't it ironic that Republicans are concerned with the rich and Democrats are concerned with the poor. Republicans fight for physicians rights Democrats fight for patients rights. There's a pattern that could go on and on. Republicans show their religion by attending church. Democrats practice their faith by being their brothers keeper.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  259. I Clement

    Because many are hypocrites! They think that they will get a pass into heaven by going to church. By repenting for their sins in church, it gives them a free pass to not care about their fellow man outside of the church. They are the first people to think that life is fair, all men are created equal, and everyone has the same opportunities in life. They consider themselves to be Christians because they go to church and pray to God, but outside of Church, their love of their fellow man is full of judgement and hypocrisy. They are also the first set of people to not believe in a woman's right to "choose" because they are "pro life" but at the same time, they believe in the death penalty. They live their lives by Christian principles, but are the first to want to end governmental social programs. The hypocrisy is something that I will never understand!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  260. Bridget in Texas

    I don't know, maybe because the GOPs are seeking what they don't understand? I mean, they're the party of No, the group who cheers the idea of a man dying bz he doesn't have insurance. They're willing to let the country go over a financial cliff to save the rich. They fight to save an unborn child and cheer at the execution of 234 men, who have lived. I think a better question would be, What are they teaching at the churches the GOP are attending.

    Democrats fear the word, know they're not going to live by the word so they don't waste their time being hypocrits,

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  261. Pat - Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack- Hypocracy dosent belong to one Party alone. Jesus said it best Matt 23:1-5 "Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men." Scribes and Pharisees are Congress.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  262. Matthew

    Because they're scared of atheism and love waiving linus' blanket in everyone face, this is comming from a catholic; Mpls, Mn

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  263. Juan from Greenville, Tx.

    Because conservatives (republicans) tend to reject change, they want to keep the status quo, which is of benefit for them, and the biggest enemy of change is church. Democrats embrace change if necessary.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  264. BRIAN JOHN GONNELLY

    Republicans are also more likely to visit the Creationism Museum in Northern Kentucky, where Adam and his second wife (the first one must have been a Democrat) wonder about with T-Rex and friends in 6,000 BCE - the year the Earth was created!

    BJG.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  265. Jill in Alabama

    Church is full of sinners and it just so happens that the majority of those are Republicans...bless their hearts. Democrats choose to worship at home and away from those who have "tainted" the houses of religion. Churches are now overrun with more evil than good.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  266. Dave in SC

    It's simply harder to debate a point when the last resort for republicans is "God told me to do it". Too many injustices have been done under the guise of religion. People use it to justify their own vanity and arrogance. Like Jake and Elwood said, We're on a mission from God." Who would question that?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  267. Reggie from LA

    For many Repubs church is a social event. It is also one of the last bastions where folks can be in charge of stuff. Be part of committees. They like positions and being in charge of stuff and furhtering politics that haunts subsequent generations for their lifetimes.. Republicans purport to be conservative (the "really good" ones). We all know or should know that conservatism implies that CERTAIN folks SHOULD BE in charge (just ask Michele Bachmann)...oh yeah, and then there's God and Jesus and stuff as part of it...I reckon.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  268. Haxxen

    Because republicans in general are older. An older society tends to be more fearful, which breeds a need for religion. Democrats tend younger and more adventurous, and in some ways, more reckless. They tend to have less fear, and more hope. Republican politics seems to be governed by fear. Democratic politics seems to be governed by discovery and hope. Church or autonomy, you decide.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  269. Ann from Charleston SC

    It really doesn't matter to me why Republicans are more likely to go to church since they don't seem to get much out of it. They are more interested in going after the almighty dollar than seeking spiritual guidance. They want their guns and they wage wars so they can murder their fellow man. They do not believe they are their brothers' keeper – as a matter of fact they just let the other guy fend for himself. I do not see Republicans as practicing Christians..

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  270. Linny

    Why does this even matter? As we've seen, being religious does always equate with having decent character.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  271. Jeff , Texas

    while democrats may not be attending church as much or as often as republicans 'allegedly' are (it is a survey after all, and some may not be responding honestly...), this should not be interpreted to mean democrats are less 'spiritual.' There is definitely a difference between describing oneself as religious and attending church regularly and living a spiritual life; a life that exemplifies peace, care for others, equality and 'non-judgement'.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  272. Deborah

    Its not shocking. Actually its very ovious why we are more likely to attend church. True Republicans are usually Conserseratives and therefore have more Jeudeo Christian values. We care about the future of America and the Christian values for which America was founded upon. Love God, love others! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  273. Beverly

    It costs a lot of money to go to church. When you get there they ask for more money. It is cheaper to stay home. There are expectations for nice clothes and a nice car. I am a republican from Porterville CA.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  274. John of Puerto Rico

    If the poll is true it begs the question as to why Democrats are always giving and Republicans taking?? BTW, I'm an Independent.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  275. Matt Mitter

    The tenants of religion are based on old principals that are stagnant and unchanging. This ideology is much more conducive to the conservative republican party.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  276. Lorie in Colorodo

    Religion can bring comfort to those who have faith in a belief. They have faith that things will work out somehow. So one could extrapolate that they don't have a need to depend on others or the government. People who don't have that level of faith believe that the people and government need to be there for those whose God hasn't provided what is needed. That is why Democrats are more likely to want safety nets and health care and to value the mother as much as the child.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  277. Martha Ann

    CHURCHES are nothing more than social organizations. Human beings first desire is to BELONG to something or someone. Most republicans use their churches as that social connection. Most democrats use other social cause.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  278. Mary F

    Organized religion is for fools. And there are alot of fools out there. That is why the country and the world are always fighting and remain devided. The "My God is better than your God" will always lead these fools to kill and be killed. No one is better or more "blessed" than the common house cat, fish or seagull. We are all part of creation and therefore are equal in the eyes of the creator. The guilty and weak need religion for lack of morals and backbone. The rest of us don't need to be told how to live. Amen?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  279. Steve in North Dakota

    Going to church doesn't make you more religious or Christian. Christianity should maintain a life style of service and sacrifice to the needy. No political party owns religion, but Republicans try hard to own it. When a political party puts the needs of the poor, the starving, the disenfranchised, the ill and the lost of society first, then you have a party that is religious whether it is self-proclaimed or not. Many who take on the mantle of "religious" have a different agenda - different than the God they aspire to please.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  280. Greg

    Republicans are also personally more charitable than Democrats, while Democrats prefer to be more charitable with other people's money.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  281. Annie, Atlanta

    Lack of character along with imagination, would be my guess. Apparently only God exists inside 4 walls for them, equipped with a preacher to tell them how to think. Too bad they missed out on the greater message which is to care for one another. Their obvious lack of empathy and humanity in such great numbers makes my skin crawl. They won't find that in church. Could be that's why they're more apt to go.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  282. Donna in Lawrence, KS

    There is a big difference between being religious and being spiritual. While I am not very religious and never go to church, I consider myself to be a very spiritual person in that I do my best to be a person of integrity who cultivates love in my daily life. This non-dogmatic view is more liberal, as democrats tend to be. Conversely, republicans tend to be more conservative, and thus, more religious.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  283. Tim Smith

    I believe it's partly biological. It's the exact same reason there are so few, if any, liberal versions of radio talk shows or Fox "News." Republicans are people who have great respect for hierarchy and authority figures. They are attracted to the church structure (especially since it's paternalistic) and Rush Limbaugh in the same way. Democrats (more liberal) tend to be more individualistic and work out solutions for themselves, and are definitely skeptical of authority and power. Having someone tell them what to think doesn't work. Herding Democrats is like herding cats. Herding Republicans is like herding sheep.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  284. Chris Peters

    I don't believe that the Republican Party as an institution is "more Christian". Not at all. But, the Republican leadership is more willing to use Christian language to motivate their base, so the Christian "rank and file" tend to congregate there.

    By contrast, the Democratic Party places a higher value on religious diversity, and separation of church and state, so liberal Christians and members of other religions (as well as the non-religious) tend to go left.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  285. k

    They are going against the flow. What is being fed to the American public via the airwaves (primetime televison) is totally oppoisite of the moral stand taken by those who follow the teachings of Jesus. The idea that there is right and wrong and you have to choose which side your on – goes against popular opinion; the opinion that as long as we all agree that anything you want to do is just fine with me. Those that support morality and freedom of religon are ridiculed, descriminated against, and even hated because of their beliefs. How is this view so vastly seen as a threat to those who oppose it ? I'm not sure. If you choose to follow nothing or every religon available all at once, that's ok, but say you believe in Jesus, the amount of anomosity is overwhelming from those who have never met you, or have had any communication with whatsoever – is huge. The reason people who go to church support the republican party over the democrat is because the alternative is completly the reverse of morality. Republicans are by no means the ideal, but they are somewhat closer to the ideal.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  286. Pete_in_Washington State

    Going to a church does NOT necessarily make one a BETTER PERSON! They may be more of a HYPOCRITE and do it just to make them feel good. It is what is deep inside you that matters. Muslims pray five times a day facing Mecca. Are they better then the church goers???? This is a foolish issue that does not deserve a discussion.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  287. Bill in Seattle

    In general Republicans are averse to change. They are more comfortable with the past and with tradition. Science, and unguarded education threaten their world. What they ignore is that world was never that good for everyone.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  288. Ann Murray

    Many Republicans who go regularly to church are doing well economically and they like to fool themselves that God is looking out for them, giving them their secure financial status. If they say that God gave them their wealth, they can't be blamed for their unfair share. Those who are poor must be so through some fault of their own. It adds up to smugness. Democrats are on the lower end of the economical scale. They are more cynical about religion, and they do not look to God for relief. However, they do try to help their fellow man who is need, but they do it despite their belief that God is ignoring them. Republican are like the money changers at the Temple. Democrats are like people in the Bible who Jesus said we will always have with us. They don't have as much faith in God because their lives have been tougher. It is easy to favor God when you are well off. It is difficult to favor God when you are laid off.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  289. dick

    Religion, the most divisive invention of mankind ever.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  290. wlw

    republicans sin more how's that ha!!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  291. prenez isbell

    >>Look around you and ask how successful has "man" been at solving problems ??

    More successful than god, which is why Man started solving problems: because what God has created was flawed, imperfect and insufficient.

    Think about that, next time you drive your car (created by Man) into a Church (created by Man), sit in a pew (created by Man), tithe with money (created by Man) read a book (created by Man) listen to music (created by Man) or read, speak, write or listen to language (created by Man) hoping to hear new ideas (created by Man).

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  292. Sharon Daniels

    Religious people are already indoctrined into believing what they are told with no questions asked........................easy then for the corrupt capitalists that have no real concept of empathy to parade around as Repuplicans and the Moral party, when in fact they have enslaved the the 99% with their corrupt capitalistic monitary policies, and agressive military policies to benefit who really? Have a look at who really made money on the wars.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  293. Commissioner Lee May of DeKalb County, GA

    Republicans have decidely gone after the religious/faith based vote as a part of their political strategy. Conversely people of faith have embraced a party (the Republicans) that have proactively taken their vote seriously. Democrats have had a tougher time connecting their faith in a viable way to their politics. Thus people of faith who call themselves Republican do so because they were courted heavily by that party. I would submit that people of faith would be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans if their core values were really espoused through their politics. This Republican/Church phenomenon only exists because Republicans have worked harder for the faith based vote than the Democrats! The issue is not who goes to church more than the other. The issue is whether people of faith really align themselves with a political party that lines up with their real faith core values. That is the question!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  294. Margaret

    Because Republicans believe, as did the founding fathers, that belief in God gives them a better moral compass on which to base their ideas. Democrats have no moral compass.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  295. reynard

    My guess is that the republicans need to repent for all of the wrong that they have done and see how far down the highway to hell they can drive the country. They want to see what the right thing is so they can make sure to do the opposite. I'm on my way to church now just to see what the repubs are up to.....

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  296. V from Ohio

    Republicans are not intelligent. They are a group of scared people. Republicans are afraid of change, afraid of the truth, afraid of the facts, and are the most insecure people you will meet in society. They know they're wrong but continue commit sins and ask god to forgive them. Bible freaks instill fear in their kids at a very young age and it sticks with them throughout their lives. Most educated people don't go to church because they know organized religion is nothing but a scam.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  297. pierre glenn

    Jack The Devil goes to church it does nt mean nothing.....whether yu republican or demo. who is the most religous all of them might talk bt do they really act like a christans. thanx Jack. PG from columbia, mo

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  298. Vicki Eastridge

    Republicans seem to be more interested in "looking goodi" than DOING good. Many democrats are busy with food banks, homeless shelters, and other non-profits. I bet if you took a poll of how many Republicans vs Democrats are actively involved in non-profit organizations the Dems would have a hefty lead. When going to church is a bragging right something is very wrong. Unfortunately I have met far too many "religious" people that seem empty of good spirit and soul. An old Native American story says it all to me: A Reverand was admonishing a Native American man that was tending his corn. The reverent said, "Sunday is the day of the Lord, you should be at church with God. The Native man thought for a moment, and returned to his task, he shook his head, and said: "I pity you that your God is only for you one day of the week." I might add that we do not need buildings or offering plates.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  299. Liz in PA

    Going to church doesn't mean you are living your faith......

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  300. samiaminiowa

    As Marx said, "Religion is the opiate of the masses"

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  301. Henry Howard

    More Republicans than Democrats attend Church because more are HYPOCRITES and need to pray for forgivness. You can see this in the churches of the Bible Belt South.
    Henry Howard...Georgetown Texas

    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  302. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I don't want to say it's a no brainer, but as many Republicans identify themselves as "Christians" (yes, the quotes are intentional) it would be more surprising to note their lack of attendance at Church services. However, just because they walk in a building for a couple of hours on a Sunday, that does not make them Christian. What makes them Christian is their actions outside of church. As you brought up Perry, I can only ask how does someone who identifies himself as a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ reconcile the fact that he has signed more Death Warrants than any other governor in modern history? Shouldn't his belief in those teachings preclude him from ordering these sentences to be carried out?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  303. Recovering Fundy

    because many christians believe they are to follow an already existing set of (religious) laws

    November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  304. Judith in NY

    Church going may be used as an attempt at justification for the little sins of pride we carry out all week by our thoughts and actions; most especially our lack of a hands on attempt to understand, and our contempt for the truly poor and uneducated; yet, a prideful people helps to create this disparity between the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated, in its population.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  305. Kiki, Indiana

    Republicans attend church because we believe in the Biblical teachings regarding work ethic, personal responsibility, and relying on God to provide for us, NOT the government. Democrats don't attend church, don't read the Bible and don't understand Christ's teachings, thus are quick to label Repubicans as heartless. If democrats want to quote the Bible, it also says "For ye have the poor always with you", Matt 26:1. That's me, but I rely on God, not the governent!

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  306. John

    Sometimes I'm amazed at how much hate comes out in these posts. Both parties have failed the people of this nation and yet the people are still acting as though they identify with one or the other party. Dems claim to be smarter and Repubs claim to be on the moral high ground. The country continues to go bankrupt while they both blaim each other. Meanwhile, the leaders of the both parties really don't care about the averge person so long as they stay in power. But of course, it must be all Bush's or Obama's fault. hmmm...

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  307. Roland

    Why would I voluntarily spend a precious weekend morning in a room filled mainly with Republicans congratulating themselves on being God's chosen people?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  308. Paul P.

    Republicans don't have the freedom to choose. If they choose not to go, they risk being less accepted in some way. In that sense, attendance offers to be more for show than for actual spirituality.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  309. Kathy Rossland, Brookfield, CT

    Because Republicans are more of a self-righteous, hypocritical mindset that clings to a mythical reality instead of embracing the truth of science and the fact that responsibility for the future of the human species is in our hands, not in some all powerful being who capriciously waves his (?) magic wand and makes all our mistakes and selfishness okay without the consequences that we deserve.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  310. Justin

    I think you might have the question backwards. Those who are religious probably put their religion before their politics. So why are those who attend church regularly more likely to be Republican? Because they would rather depend on God and community for their prosperity than on the Government.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  311. Anomic Office Drone

    Church provides easy answers that aren't based on facts. What's more Republican than that?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  312. Dennis in Indy

    The Republican go to the of MONEY. That is the only church they go to.
    They want to cut food stamps.
    They do not want to feed the poor,That is not the church of JESUS CHRIST.

    I go to church to save my soul, the electorate officials need to save the country.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  313. Bailey

    I think that it is unfair to say that Republicans go to church more often than Democrats. In fact, I think that it is totally irrelevant. The Bible teaches that we should put our faith in God to supply all of our needs( Matt. 6:26). If a leader no matter if they are Democrat or Republican lives ,and goes by that then they will be better equipped to do the job. It is evident that the world has turned it's back on God, and it isn't until we realize who ultimately is in power & submit will things change. But, we all know that isn't going to happen until Christ's return, and then who is going to care about Republicans, Democrats, or money... The only thing thats going to matter is our relationship with God.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  314. Tom Wyckoff

    If you were God and you needed to get a message to the American people, would you send it through Michelle Bachmann?

    November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |