Friday, May 4, 2012

Political and Spiritual Values

From Greater Good

Political and spiritual values
We... found that greater spirituality strongly correlated with greater altruism among all three political categories we included: conservatives, moderates, and liberals.
It may surprise some of you to learn that more conservative political views were linked to higher altruism. However, further analysis revealed that the link between politics and altruism varied a lot depending on people’s level of spirituality.

In fact, secular liberals ended up being much more altruistic than secular conservatives: “Not at all spiritual” conservatives were some of the least altruistic respondents, but “extremely spiritual” conservatives were among the most altruistic overall. It seems that spirituality might be significantly more important in predicting altruism among political conservatives than it is among liberals.

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