I can’t say that I would have predicted this, but according to a new survey for the Public Religion Research Institute, more Americans believe that Christian values are at odds with capitalism and the free market than believe they are compatible.
I’m not sure what to make of it, but there are some fascinating nuggets in there:
- More than 6-in-10 (62%) Americans believe that one of the biggest problems in this country is that more and more wealth is held by just a few people.
- Strong majorities of all religious groups except white evangelicals also say it’s fair for wealthier Americans to pay more [tax]. (my emphasis)
- Most (61%) Americans disagree that most businesses would act ethically on their own without regulation from the government. This holds true across political and religious lines, with the lone exception of those who identify with the Tea Party movement
- Americans across the political and religious landscape agree that the federal budget is a moral document