White evangelical Protestants hold views that are different from most other Americans when it comes to how much influence religion should have on government policies, according to a new poll that also shows white evangelicals are more supportive of the Trump administration’s policies than other Christians and non-Christian groups.
The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago released a survey this month that found white evangelical Protestants believe religion should have more influence on government policies than it currently does, while most other Americans believe religion should have less influence on public policy than it already has.
The survey includes responses from 1,053 adults polled between Dec. 5 and Dec. 9, 2019. The data carries a margin of error of 4.0 percentage points.
Eighty percent of white evangelicals surveyed said religion should have “a lot” or “some” influence when it comes to policies on abortion.
However, only 41 percent of all other Americans who took part in the survey agreed that religion should have at least some influence on abortion policy.
When asked whether religion has “a lot” or “some” influence on abortion policy in the U.S., non-evangelical Americans were more likely than white evangelicals (79 percent to 67 percent) to agree that religion already has an influence on abortion policies.
When it comes to LGBT policies, 62 percent of white evangelicals said religion should have “a lot” or “some” influence. Meanwhile, only 30 percent of other Americans said religion should have an influence on LGBT issues.
“White evangelical Protestants, who make up 14 percent of the population, are less likely than other groups to think religion has much influence on some government policies, particularly abortion and LGBT issues,” an issue brief reads. “However, they say that religion should have a greater influence over government policies than it currently does. In contrast, other Americans think religion should have less sway over many government policies.”
Although conservative white evangelicals are often criticized by the mainstream media for their views on abortion, same-sex marriage, sexuality, and the trans movement, the survey shows that white evangelicals also believe religion should carry a lot or some influence on other areas of public policy as well.
As for policies related to poverty, 76 percent of white evangelicals said religion should have “a lot” or “some” influence while only 48 percent of other Americans agreed. Sixty percent of white evangelicals said religion should have “a lot” or “some” influence on immigration policies. Thirty-two percent of other Americans said the same.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith