Rejecting ‘culture wars,’ most people of faith signal desire for politics that build bridges.

Americans painted a new picture of the “values voter” in the recent election.

They rejected the “culture wars,” with its narrow agendas and liberal-conservative divisiveness, in favor of politics that build bridges on a range of contentious issues. The readiness to work together is revealed in a national poll on voters’ priorities and values taken on Nov. 5-7 in the immediate aftermath of the election.

Nearly three-quarters of voters (and of religious voters) said people of faith should promote the common good, not protect their own views. Even groups most active in the religious right said a broader faith agenda would best reflect their values.