Thursday, September 12, 2013

Are Religious People Patriotic?

Fun with 2012 data. Here's the question:
How well does the word 'patriotic' describe most non-religious people [Extremely well, very well, moderately well, slightly well, or not at all /  not at all, slightly well, moderately well, very well, or extremely well]?
The answer? No surprise, really. Those non-religious people, they ain't patriotic, at least according to a national sample of U.S. adults. In fact, 2-out-of-5 see non-religious people as slightly or not at all patriotic.  Below, the numbers (data weighted to be representative of the U.S. population).
  • Extremely Well -- 3.8 percent
  • Very Well -- 13.8 percent
  • Moderately Well -- 35.7 percent
  • Slightly -- 23.6 percent
  • Not at All -- 13.5 percent
Okay, but how about the patriotism of other groups? Glad you asked. We've got Protestants (7.9 percent "extremely well"), we've got Mormons (6.1 percent "extremely well"), we've got Catholics (8.5 percent "extremely well") and best of all, we've got Muslims (7.9 percent "extremely well," the same as Prods). 

That last one is interesting and heartening except, as you'll see below, not as much as you'd like.

The real differences seem to emerge in the "not at all" classification, the bottom of the patriotic pile. The folks seen not at all patriotic.  For Muslims, it's 33.8 percent. As a comparison, for Catholics, it's only 10.5 percent and for non-religious, it's 13.5 percent.  In other words, one-third of U.S. adults see Muslims as not at all patriotic, a number far and away above the other religious categories or even those damned-to-Hell non-religious folks.

By the way, on a separate question of all the above groups asking how violent they are, 7.9 percent see violent as describing Muslims "very well." About 1 percent see violent as describing Protestants "very well."

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