Are Democrats 'Spiritual,' Republicans 'Religious'? Not Exactly

One of the difficulties of gauging religion through opinion surveys is that for most people, matters of faith can often be amorphous concepts that are nearly impossible to boil down to specific questions.

For instance, some surveys show that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who claim that they are spiritual, but not religious. It’s hard to design survey questions that go beyond these categories: What does “spiritual” encompass, and how is it really different from “religious”? A survey can be a blunt instrument when it comes to refining ideas like this. 

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