Poll Finds White Evangelicals Are Outsiders on Nearly Every Issue of Concern to American Voters

President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

A new poll finds that white evangelicals, an important voting bloc in American politics, are outliers on nearly every issue of concern to the American public.

The Public Religion Research Institute’s 11th annual American Values Survey was released Monday. It surveyed a random sample of 2,538 adults between Sept. 9 and Sept. 22, asking for their thoughts on topics related to issues of concern facing the country ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Respondents were broken down by political party as well as religious affiliation and race. The religious subgroups included in the survey were white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants, white Catholics, black Protestants, Hispanic Protestants, other Christians, non-Christians and the religiously unaffiliated.

The survey asked respondents what they saw as the top three critical issues facing the country. Coronavirus was in the top three issues of concern for all religious groups, except for white evangelicals.

Among that group, 63% of respondents cited abortion as their most critical issue, followed by the fairness of presidential elections (62%) and terrorism (57%). Only 35% of white evangelical Protestants see coronavirus as a critical issue.

White evangelical Protestants are also outliers on the issue of abortion, with just 22% believing that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Besides Hispanic Protestants, 48% of whom believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a majority of respondents in all other religious groups think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

On the issue of LGBTQ rights, white evangelical Protestants once again find themselves at odds with their counterparts in other religious groups. Thirty-four percent of white evangelical Protestants believe that same-sex couples should be able to marry while 63% do not. A majority of adherents to the other religious groups support same-sex marriage.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley

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