Split between conservative, religious America (world) and the average Joe

Neither is more or less capable of dealing with, or open to, the existential. The deepest truths are still pearls before swine for both.

However, the average Joe seems less judgmental of others based on group-think than is the conservative. Well, not exactly...group-think in conservative circles is an agreed-upon, written creed. The average Joe doesn't have anything written which ties him to the next guy, so doesn't have so convenient and obvious platform for judgment. Judgment still happens just as easily as the conservative, but it's harder to defend from his peers.