There is a growing partisan gap in religious belief with Republicans, as a group, somewhat more religious now than they were 20 years ago, while Democrats are less so; an index of agreement with three statements about religious belief — the importance of prayer in daily life, expectations about Judgment Day and confidence in the existence of God — shows that Republicans express greater religious commitment now than at any time in the past 20 years with 79% now agreeing with all three statements, compared with 71% in 1987. By contrast, Democrats now show less agreement (62%) than in previous years.

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