LifeWay Survey Finds Majority of Protestant Pastors Believe Global Warming and Climate Change is ‘Real and Man-Made’

A majority of Protestant pastors somewhat agree that global warming is real and caused by humans, according to polling data released by LifeWay Research this week showing a divide in the beliefs of evangelical and mainline leaders. 

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 24, 2019, the Southern Baptist polling firm interviewed over 1,000 pastors from Protestant churches across the U.S. about their views on climate change.

The responses were weighted by region to accurately reflect the population. The research has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

“Fewer pastors are rejecting global warming and climate change out of hand,” LifeWay Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said in a statement. “Yet pastors are still split on the subject, likely following along with political divides.”

When presented with the statement “I believe global warming is real and man-made,” 34% of pastors surveyed said they “strongly agree” and 19% said they “somewhat agree” with that statement.

Only 38% of pastors said they disagreed with that statement, with 24% saying they “strongly disagree” and 14% saying they “somewhat disagree.”

About 10% of pastors said they are “not sure.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith