Religiosity and Values in Romania

Sorin Dan ŞANDOR, Marciana POPESCU

Abstract


In Romania the state supports religion. The main reason is claimed to be the fact that religion will improve the shared values (moral, social, economic or political) of our society. Based on the data from the Public Opinion Barometer November 2005 (which included the questions from The World Values Survey 2005) this study explores the relationship between religiosity and work ethic, moral values and tolerance; as well as the ways in which religiosity affects political and gender-based attitudes. Regarding most of the values included a weak but significant relationship was found. A poorer work and general ethic, attitudes towards women and homosexuals or the preference for a more authoritarian regime are the most disquieting findings.


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