'Woke' church leaders at odds with congregations on political issues

‘Woke’ church leaders are at odds with their congregations on key political issues such as tax, poll finds

  • More than half of the clergy support imposition of high taxes to distribute wealth
  • Only 34% of the regular churchgoers feel the same way
  • The poll conducted by Savanta ComRes is to show ‘woke’ clergy are out of touch 

‘Woke’ church leaders are at odds with their congregations on key political issues such as taxation and the role of the market, a new opinion poll has found.

While more than half – 51 per cent – of the clergy support the imposition of high taxes to redistribute wealth, only 34 per cent of regular churchgoers feel the same way.

And while only 30 per cent of clerics say that they trust large multinational corporations, that rises to 73 per cent among their flocks.

Dr Richard Turnbull, director of CEME, pictured, said: ‘Church leaders are out of touch with Christian opinion’

The poll, conducted by Savanta ComRes for the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME), is likely to reinforce the perception that Left-wing ‘woke’ clergy are out of touch with worshippers.

Church leaders were also more in favour of ‘wage-shaming’ well-paid business leaders, with 82 per cent backing publicising the pay gap between businesses’ highest-paid and lowest-paid employees; but just 66 per cent of regular churchgoers support the idea.

In addition, 89 per cent of Church leaders want businesses to take an active role in tackling climate change, versus 64 per cent of their congregation.

The poll also reveals a generational divide over attitudes to business, with 88 per cent of the over-55s regarding wealth-creation as its key role, compared with only 65 per cent of 18-to-34-year-olds.

Dr Richard Turnbull, director of CEME, said: ‘Church leaders are out of touch with Christian opinion.

Christians sit apart socially distanced during an Easter Sunday service at Christ the King church on April 4, 2021 in the Balham area of London. The poll revealed that 89 per cent of Church leaders want businesses to take an active role in tackling climate change, versus 64 per cent of their congregation

‘Church leaders convey a lack of understanding of key aspects of business, display excessive reliance on the power of taxation and government, lack confidence in larger and global businesses and indeed in Britain as a nation.

‘A message is being preached that is not believed by most of its recipients. Committed church-goers have a considerably more positive view of the market, business and society in a number of key respects.

This tells us then that church congregations may have a more informed view of business than those that purport to teach them.’

Savanta ComRes polled 3,400 people between May and August 2021 and interviewed ten Anglican and Catholic bishops.

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