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The Sciences

Atheists Unfit For High Office vs. Atheists

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJanuary 9, 2009 4:30 AM

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One of the more interesting an robust survey datum in the United States is the low opinion of atheists, and, the finding that atheists are less popular than Mormons or Muslims or Homosexuals when it come to a vote for high office. Secular Right points out that the Inductivist has posted data from The World Values Survey on this question in an international context. I doubt people will be too surprised, but, I recommend you check out the Inductivist for the full list. Below the fold I've taken the data on that particular question, and compared it to the % of atheists, agnostics an non-believers from selected countries (see data source).

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I obviously log-transformed the "Atheists Unfit For High Office" responses on the Y axis. I posted the trendline so that you can see if there is a pattern for the nations above and below it. You can download the data as a csv if you wish to flesh it out by adding better % of atheists, etc., survey data.

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