Who prays more, Democrats or Republicans?

Heather’s post about Democratic prayers for the bailout made me wonder about differences between the parties. The photos in the article show a black church, so I was skeptical that Democrats prayed as much as Republicans overall. I looked at the PRAY variable in the GSS. The N’s were huge, PARTYID and PRAY were asked of nearly 20,000 people.

Here’s the result for all races:

OK, but what about whites?

I checked the PRIVPRAY and PRAYFREQ variables, and the same general trend. It seems people with strong party identities also pray more!  There is plenty of room for speculation, but I’ll leave that to readers.

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