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

Nov 15, 2021 by

by Glen Owen, Mailonline:

‘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.

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.

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