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Are religious people more left wing?


According to a report by the think tank Demos, people who identify with a faith are more likely to hold left wing, rather than right wing, political views.

It found they are more likely to be politically engaged and be active citizens in their neighbourhoods even if they don't practise their faith.

Jonathan Birdwell, author of the report called Faithful Citizens, told the Today programme's Sarah Montague that they found that religious citizens were more likely to prioritise equality over freedom and have positive associations with immigrants.

He said that 55% of people who consider themselves to be religious placed themselves on the left hand side of political spectrum and that religious citizens tend to be more civically engaged.

He said that there is a common assumption that religious citizens are Conservative but suggested that "those on the left are uncomfortable dealing with religious and faith groups but they shouldn't be because they share the same values, concerns and objectives around improving and tackling economic equality".

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