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NINE in 10 Americans believe in God - but how they vote or see the US war in Iraq depends on the different views they have of God's personality. The most detailed survey of religion in the US found Americans hold four different images of God - authoritarian, benevolent, critical or distant - and these views are more powerful indicators of their political, social and moral attitudes than traditional categories such as Protestant, Catholic or Evangelical.
"You learn more about people's moral and political behaviour if you know their image of God than from almost any other measure," said Christopher Bader, one of the researchers.
The benevolent God, popular in the US midwest among mainstream Protestants, Catholics and Jews, is one that sets absolute standards for humans, but is also forgiving - engaged but not so angry. Caring for the sick is high on the list of priorities for these 23 per cent of believers.