The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has released a new study titled “American Democracy in Crisis: The Fate of Pluralism in a Divided Nation.” Maxine Najle and Robert Jones are the authors. Here are some of my quick takeaways:
- The number of white evangelicals who have a favorable view of Donald Trump was higher in 2018 than it was in 2016. (It is, however, slightly down from 2017).
- White evangelicals “remain the only major religious group in which a majority holds a favorable view of the president.” For more on why I think this is the case, see my argument in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.
- White Americans with a college degree (78%) are “substantially likelier than whites without a college degree (56%) to say they interact with someone who does not share their race or ethnicity at least once a week.”
- “Fully half (50%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans say they interact with people who do not share their religious affiliation within their family, compared to 32% of white mainline Protestants, 30% of Catholics, 26% of nonwhite Protestants, and 25% of white evangelical Protestants.” If I am reading this correctly, it appears that Protestants of all varieties (mainline, nonwhite and white evangelical) do not spend much time with family members who do not share their faith. Religious faith trumps blood?
- Americans are “most likely to view their interactions with people who do not share their political affiliation in a negative light.” There are “no significant differences between partisans on this question.” This, of course, reveals the incivility of our political discourse in the United States.
- Republicans are three times more likely as independents and Democrats “to say they would be unhappy if their child married someone of a different religious background.” White evangelicals stand out among religious groups on this question by a significant margin over nonwhite Protestants, Catholics, and mainline white Protestants.
- “When faced with the prospect of their child marrying someone who identifies with the opposite political party, Democrats are likelier than Republicans to say they would be unhappy.” Interesting.
- Nearly 30% of white evangelicals would “be unhappy if their son or daughter married a Democrat.”
- 66% of white evangelicals would “be at least somewhat unhappy if their son or daughter married someone of the same gender.” Frankly, I thought this number would be higher.
- 60% of white evangelicals prefer “a nation primarily made up of people who follow Christian faith.” Only 8% of white evangelicals prefer a “nation made up of people belonging to a wide variety of religions.”
There is a lot more here.