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Religion IN BRIEF

Americans Deeply Religious, Poll Finds

October 31, 1998|Washington Post

A national survey by the Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University shows that the American electorate is deeply religious and places spirituality high among its most prized values.

Nearly seven in 10 people say religion is very important in their everyday lives, and 19% say it is the most important value. Just over 40% attend religious services at least once a week, and 36% say they pray several times a day.

Within those numbers, though, are some political dynamics that may surprise some. Democrats are just as religious as Republicans, with almost as many Democrats attending church and praying regularly as Republicans. And black Democrats match white born-again Republicans in the depth of their religious convictions--37% of African Americans name religion as the most important thing in their lives, twice the national average.

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