by Aaron Earls
While biblical morality is not determined by popular vote, seeing how Americans perceive Jesus’ views on political issues can be interesting.
A new survey from YouGov found, in general, voters believe Jesus would be more conservative in his positions than they are with theirs.
The gap is most pronounced on abortion, gay marriage, and the death penalty, where substantial numbers were supportive, but only a few felt Jesus would be. Americans felt they were much closer to Jesus on high taxes for the wealthy, stricter gun laws, and reducing carbon emissions.
On the issue of universal health care, Americans believed Jesus was just as likely as they to be in favor, with 56 percent saying they support it and 55 think Jesus would as well.
Across the board, the Catholic perception of Jesus’ policy views are slightly more liberal than the Protestant one. Catholics are more likely, even if it is still a small percentage, to believe Jesus would support legal abortion, gay marriage, high taxes on wealthy, stricter gun laws, and reducing carbon emissions. On the other hand, Protestants are more likely to say Jesus would support the death penalty.
Not surprisingly, most people believed Jesus would agree with them politically on most issues. While 65 percent of Democrats say Jesus would support gay marriage, 77 percent of Republicans say he would oppose it.
On other issues, however, people think they hold different positions than Jesus. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats support legal abortions, but only 29 percent say Jesus would. For Republicans, 68 percent support the death penalty, but only 43 percent believe Jesus would agree.
by Aaron Earls