American liberals today are “much less likely” than conservatives to feel there is an ultimate meaning and truth to life, or to indicate that they actively seek “eternal wisdom,” report Baylor University sociologists Paul Froese and Aaron Franzen, part of the research team behind a massive survey of faith in America during “tumultuous times” released Sept. 20.
Conservatives also tend to be less pessimistic about life and are less likely than liberals to worry, be anxious or “feel unexcited about the day,” the pair say. Among the findings: 81 percent of conservatives say life has an “ultimate truth,” compared with 52 percent of liberals. Meanwhile, 93 percent of conservatives say it’s “likely” they will be reunited with loved ones after death, compared with 64 percent of liberals.
See the wide-ranging research here: www.baylor.edu/2011religionsurvey.