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Most Americans don’t see Democratic candidates as very religious

Feb 27, 2020

By Michael Lipka

Religion has been a topic of conversation during the Democratic presidential primary, and some candidates have pointed out how their religious beliefs have shaped their political positions.

But Americans don’t consider the Democratic candidates to be particularly religious, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that covers four of the top contenders: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Sanders, who has emerged as the front-runner after winning the Nevada caucuses by a wide margin, is described as “not too” or “not at all” religious by six-in-ten Americans. Just a third of respondents say Sanders is at least “somewhat” religious, including only 4% who say he is “very” religious.

If successful, Sanders would be the first Jewish nominee at the top of a major party ticket. The Vermont senator has said he is “not actively involved with organized religion” but that being Jewish has shaped his values.

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2 comments on “Most Americans don’t see Democratic candidates as very religious

  • An astonishing 30% of people surveyed in this gave no answer about Pete Buttigieg’s religiosity because either they’d never heard of him or didn’t know enough about him to reply. 15% were the same about Elizabeth Warren. This encapsulates the problem with the American electorate’s staggering lack of knowledge or even curiosity about their own political process.


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    Michael 100 says:

    Arkrid Sandwich, I think it was a mistake to open the nomination process to the general electorate.  In my opinion, political parties should, if they have any value, attract activists who want to advance the goals of the parties. Membership in a party should require a price — dues and/or labor.  One of the duties of the members should be to nominate the candidates who complete in the general election.  I think our current system has destroyed, or damaged the institution of political parties, which I think serve an important function in government.


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