A while ago I blogged about my observations about the centrality or religion in US politics. Now, thanks to John Daly’s blog, I got to see this report actually showing that US is very different compared to other wealthy countries in terms of religiosity:
The Global Attitudes study correlated views on religion with annual per capita income and found that wealthier nations tend to place less importance on religion – with the exception of the United States.
Religion is much more important to Americans than to people living in other wealthy nations. Six-in-ten (59%) people in the U.S. say religion plays a very important role in their lives. This is roughly twice the percentage of self-avowed religious people in Canada (30%), and an even higher proportion when compared with Japan and Western Europe. Americans’ views are closer to people in developing nations than to the publics of developed nations.
Interestingly enough, just tonight we had a conversation on this subject with some of the prospective students visiting the department these days.