June 25, 2011

American Atheists More Liberal Than General Population

Jesus Was A Jewish LiberalAustin Cline has posted some of the results from a Harris Interactive poll from 2005 showing the percentage of atheists and agnostics who support various policies and programs (e.g., reproductive rights, sex ed in school, universal health care, etc.). The results are interesting, especially when compared with the attitudes of the general population. It appears that atheists in the U.S. do tend to be a bit more politically liberal than the population as a whole.

Of course, this does not mean that there are not plenty of conservative atheists. But findings like this suggest that the common stereotype of atheists as more likely to be liberal is not without some basis in reality.

I selected the picture used in this post to poke at Christian conservatives. It should in no way be taken to imply that I think Jesus actually lived. There is no evidence that the Jesus depicted in the Christian bible ever lived.

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