Caption: This man only wants to go to church to show off his silly hat. He's not a very good man.
We've heard a lot in the last two years about "values voters" and the role of religion in public life. Often the religious right gets top billing.
However, polling suggests that most Americans are able to distinguish between religion and rabies. According to a poll released in June 2006 by Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress,
71% of voters strongly agree that "Americans are becoming too materialistic," including 71% of Democrats, 70% of Independents, and 72% of Republicans. (92% total agree.)
68% of voters strongly agree that the "government should be committed to the common good and put the public’s interest above the privileges of the few." (85% total agree.)
73% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 67% of Republicans strongly agree with a common good focus for government. A similar percentage of voters (68%) strongly agree that "government should uphold the basic decency and dignity of all and take greater steps to help the poor and disadvantaged in America." (89% total agree.)
There is often a big difference between the loudest voices and the wisest.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED