The liberal religious and astrology

In the comments below a weird fact came to light: it does not seem that liberal/Democrat reduced skepticism toward astrology vs. conservatives/Republicans can be explained just by a secularization, and therefore diminished Christian orthodoxy. There are two reasons for this. First, on a priori grounds most people are religious, liberals and conservatives. The difference between the religious and irreligious on this issue would have to be rather large, and the different apportionment across ideology to be striking, for it to drive the division which seems so robust. Second, within the results it seems rather clear that the gap between liberals and conservatives is most evident amongst the religious of both! In other words, secular liberals and conservatives tend to agree (and be skeptical) in relation to astrology. While religious conservatives are skeptical of astrology, as one would expect from orthodox conservative Christians, religious liberals are not. The table below shows some results.

Astrology is…. Very scientific Sort of scientific Not at all scientific
Protestant Liberal 5 31 64
Conservative 5 18 77
Catholic Liberal 3 35 62
Conservative 6 25 69
No religion Liberal 6 22 72
Conservative 9 31 60
Atheist & agnostic Liberal 7 19 74
Conservative 3 22 75
Believe in higher power Liberal 3 26 71
Conservative 3 31 66
Believe in god sometimes Liberal 1 28 71
Conservative 19 18 63
Believe in god with doubts Liberal 3 29 68
Conservative 3 20 77
Know god exists Liberal 6 35 59
Conservative 6 21 73
Southern Baptist Liberal 11 33 56
Conservative 7 16 77
United Methodist Liberal 4 13 83
Conservative 4 23 73
Episcopal Liberal 4 23 72
Conservative 5 16 80
Bible is Word of God Liberal 8 41 51
Conservative 6 22 72
Bible is Inspired Word of God Liberal 5 28 67
Conservative 5 21 74
Bible is Book of Fables Liberal 3 23 73
Conservative 8 21 71
Humans developed from animals Liberal 4 25 71
Conservative 8 25 67
Humans did not develop from animals Liberal 7 37 56
Conservative 5 16 79

Observe the huge difference between Creationist and fundamentalist liberals and conservatives!

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