The many layers of the Bush constituency…

Although the victory of President Bush gave rise to a lot of sweeping claims (not least that of massive voter fraud), the Economist tells US liberals and European secularists not to panic, and looks at the underlying layers of cultural changge this election may have signaled and how the president has a freer hand than many outsiders belief to follow his own instinct.

Particularly interesting is the policy preference differences between Catholics and Protestants, which may have some resonances at home:

“The Protestant traditionalists favour less government spending. But all the Catholics—traditionalist, mainline and modernist alike—favour more. Traditionalist evangelicals are usually the odd men out. Fully 81% of them say that religion is important to their political thinking—far more than any other group. They are the only ones to rate cultural issues as more important than economic or foreign-policy ones”.

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