Libertarians hold distinctive attitudes about economic and social matters, as we’ve discussed so far this week. Above all, libertarians hold sacred the principle of personal liberty—freedom from restraint and government regulation.
But what kind of God do they envision?
A majority of libertarians (58%) do believe in a personal God, according to the new survey by the Public Opinion Research Institute (PRRI). But this is lower than the percentage of all Americans (61%). And, it is considerably lower than the percentage of Tea Partiers (73%) and white evangelical Protestants (90%) who believe in a personal God.
Do you think it is necessary to believe in God to be moral?
Libertarians are the least likely to say that it is necessary to believe in God to lead a moral life. Only 42% believe so. In contrast, almost half of all Americans (48%) believe it’s necessary to believe in God to be moral, as do a majority Tea Party members (53%) and over two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants.
Not surprisingly, libertarians are the least likely to say that religion is the most important thing in their life. Only 15% say it is the most important thing. Libertarians are also the least likely to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible (19%), or to attend religious services on a weekly basis or more often (22%).
Overall, the religious beliefs and views of libertarians show that they are more secular than other Americans.
Are you surprised by the secular leanings of libertarians?
Do you subscribe to any of their religious views?