Mental health and religiosity are interconnected
United States citizens who voted Republican during presidential elections on 2016 tend to describe themselves as extremely religious. They also believe America is a Christian nation, and consider Muslims to be a threat to the US. They also hold orthodox gender views.
These results are gleaned from the Baylor Religion Survey completed a few days ago. Researchers of Baylor University analyzed 1,501 respondents to determine how behaviors and religious beliefs can predict the political leanings of a person. A staggering 81 percent of the Trump voters are of the view that refugees from the Middle East constitute a terror threat. In contrast, only 12 percent of the Clinton voters think the same.
The researchers concluded that Trump voters usually put faith in an authoritarian God. The report stated that Trumpism is an aggregation of attitudes and values towards a nationalistic identity that blends pro-Christian rhetoric and anti-feminist, anti-government, and anti-Islam attitudes. Gallup organization did the gruntwork of the survey.
Paul Froese, a sociology professor in Baylor University, said that deep divisions in the American public exist. Froese, also a director of the Baylor Religion Surveys, said that the origin of most of these differences can be traced to how people comprehend orthodox morality and theology. The nation’s purpose is also a major factor.
Researchers found that 60 percent of the white evangelical Protestants gave their vote to Trump. This figure is lower than other denominations. To put in perspective, about 81 percent of the white evangelicals have their votes to get Trump elected as President.
The Baylor Researchers discovered that a majority of the Americans who called themselves extremely religious supported Trump during the 2016 presidential elections. Clinton voters are those who have claimed to be not spiritual and religious. However, the percentage of voters who termed themselves spiritual evenly split their votes between Clinton at 45 percent and Trump at 46 percent.
A few people regard individuals belonging to other faiths as threatening. It is to be noted that Muslims are viewed by evangelicals as the most potent threat. Strangely, many Protestants regard atheists to be the most dangerous of all.
Almost 50 percent of Americans believe that they will go to heaven after they die. More than a third of them have zero fear or minimal fear of hell. The report stated that a relation exists between one’s religious beliefs and mental health.