Religious Leaders and Political Affiliation

A new study by a Yale and Harvard research team reported in The New York Times shows how politically divided America’s pastors really are.

The study looks at the registered political affiliations of everyone from evangelical pastors to Jewish rabbis to Unitarian ministers to priests. Pastors of Foursquare, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist, Church of God, and Church of Christ churches tend to be Republican according to the study, while leaders of Jewish, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations tend to be Democrat. Those leading Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox congregations are more of a mixed group.

Most religious leaders identified in the study are of a median age of 57 and are male with the exception of the Unitarian church, which has mostly female leaders.

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