According to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, evangelicals are the only major group of religious demographics to approve of President Trump at 76 percent, or three in four white evangelicals. They were also the only group to list terrorism as a significant concern in the upcoming election. Most other groups’ top issue was the Coronavirus pandemic, with only one group, Black protestants, saying that racial equality is a main issue for them in the election.
Interestingly enough, white evangelicals were the only group to care about abortion as a major issue. But virtually every group cited fairness in the election as an important issue. The only groups to highlight crime as an important issue were Hispanic Protestants and White Mainline Protestants.
However, there were a few groups missing from the demographics research: Hispanic, Black, and Catholic Evangelicals. These groups, although smaller, still make up large portions of Christianity.
The poll also asked Republicans and Democrats a series of questions, including if American Culture has changed for better or for worse since the 1950s. Fifty-two percent of Republicans believe America’s culture has been getting worse, but, on the flipside, 62 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents believe America’s culture has been getting better. Only 46 percent of Republicans share their sentiment.
Interestingly, White Evangelical Protestants, Hispanic Protestants, and “Other Christians” all agree that American culture has not gotten better since the 1950s.
Nonetheless, the study found that “today, there are no significant racial divides over the belief that American culture and way of life have changed for the better since the 1950s. Nearly identical numbers of white (55 percent), Black (56 percent), Hispanic (53 percent), and another race or multiracial (56 percent) Americans agree that things have mostly changed for the better since the 1950s.”
However, nearly 6 in 10 Americans surveyed believe America’s better days are ahead of us.