Barna Survey Finds 76 Percent of American Pastors Say They Support Peaceful Protests Against Racism and Police Brutality

A little over three-quarters of American pastors say they support peaceful demonstrations being held in response to the killing of George Floyd, according to new research from the Barna Group.

Large scale protests and demonstrations have ignited across the United States and abroad against racism and instances of police brutality following the police-involved death of Floyd.

Barna shared with The Christian Post key findings from latest ChurchPulse survey, which surveyed 400 pastors on June 4-15 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.

Of those surveyed, 76% said they believed churches should support the protests, while 15% disagreed and 8% did not have an opinion.

Additionally, 62% reported that their churches had addressed the protests and 94% said they believe the Church has a responsibility to publicly denounce racism.

Barna President David Kinnaman told CP that he felt the survey’s findings showed that “church leaders are actively leaning in on conversations about racism in America in a way that they haven’t in the past.”

“It may surprise some, but it did not surprise me that 76% of church leaders believe the church should support peaceful protests or demonstrations happening across the nation,” Kinnaman said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski