Magazine article The Christian Century

Very Religious Students Have Some 'Liberal' Views

Magazine article The Christian Century

Very Religious Students Have Some 'Liberal' Views

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Strongly religious college students have conservative views on sex, abortion, gay rights and drugs but more liberal views on gun control and the death penalty, a new study says.

UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute polled nearly 3,700 college juniors at 46 schools across the country and found that one-fifth of college students are "highly religious." A similar percentage said they have little interest in religion.

Those two groups have widely divergent views on a number of social issues, the study found. While 80 percent of the least religious students said they felt casual sex is acceptable, only 7 percent of the most religious students felt the same way. The least religious students were more than three times as likely to support legalized abortion, while highly religious students were more than twice as likely to support laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.

But highly religious students can be more liberal on other issues, the study found. …

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