Had been thinking about the "religious right" and I wondered-
"How many conservatives actually believe in Christianity, and how many are just using it as a means to gain/maintain power?"
I don't know if there would be any way to find out, because obviously none of them would say "Oh I just spout this nonsense to get elected". But I think the result would be interesting.
Now that is an interesting question. Coming from the UK we have had first hand experience of people who use religion as a political position in Northern Ireland where there was a long period of violence by the Republicans, who wanted to join with Eire (The Irish Republic) who were Catholic and the so-called Loyalists who wanted to remain in the UK and who were Protestants. now given the level of violence - car bombs, maiming people shootings etc. one would have to wonder if any of them were actually religious.
So back to the present, I imagine that to get high office in the USA one has to be religious (this isn't the same in Europe as no one cares about the religion of political candidates.) So I suppose if one is Republican one was probably born in the Bible Belt and religion is all around. Surely it's the best answer to get into politics - use that religion to show you are what the people want. It really doesn't matter what you think as long as you say the rights words.
So I wouldn't be surprised at all if many of the Republican party are not very religious or are not religious ata ll but do through the motions to make sure they get elected. It's not a very healthy situation but I think it is going to be a while before the first atheist president is elected!