(RNS) —Three-quarters of People say the nation is heading within the fallacious course, and nearly all of many spiritual teams agree with that sentiment, a brand new report exhibits. However they don’t all agree on what, precisely, has gone fallacious.
The 2022 American Values Survey by Public Faith Analysis Institute finds that spiritual People maintain typically detrimental views of the state of the nation, starting from 93% of white evangelical Protestants to 59% of Black Protestants.
“Although most People favor shifting ahead, a large minority yearn for a rustic paying homage to the Fifties, embrace the concept God created America to be a brand new promised land for European Christians, view newcomers as a risk to American tradition, and consider that society has turn out to be too mushy and female,” the 60-page report states.
“This minority consists primarily of self-identified Republicans, white evangelical Protestants, and white People and not using a school diploma.”
PRRI’s survey addressed questions of race, sexuality, abortion and immigration in addition to sentiments concerning the nation’s origins.
A couple of third (31%) of People agree with the assertion that “God supposed America to be a brand new promised land the place European Christians may create a society that could possibly be an instance to the remainder of the world.”
Half of white evangelical Protestants agree, whereas smaller percentages of different spiritual teams do: 37% of white mainline Protestants, 36% of white Catholics, 32% of Hispanic Catholics, 22% of Black Protestants and non-Christian spiritual People and 16% of the religiously unaffiliated.
There may be additionally a cut up amongst People about whether or not immigrants to America are a threatening (40%) or a strengthening issue for society (55%), with white Christian subgroups considerably extra probably than others within the nation to aspect with the concept newcomers from different nations are a risk.
White evangelical Protestants, at 51%, are the one religion group the place a majority say immigrants are “invading our nation and changing our cultural and ethnic background.”
By far amongst spiritual teams, white evangelical Protestants (61%) additionally agree that “society as an entire has turn out to be too mushy and female.” People normally are cut up on this notion, with 42% agreeing and 53% disagreeing.
The survey discovered that the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group determination is a big motivator to vote within the midterm elections. That ruling overturned Roe v. Wade, which in 1973 decided that abortion was a constitutional proper.
Some 50% of white evangelical Protestants, Black Protestants and white Catholics stated they have been extra more likely to vote after the ruling in June, as did 48% of religiously unaffiliated People, 47% of non-Christian spiritual People and 45% of white mainline Protestants.
A definite minority throughout the board — from 35% of white evangelicals to 9% of the religiously unaffiliated — assist legal guidelines that will make it unlawful to cross state strains to acquire an abortion in a state the place the process is permitted.
Individuals with totally different spiritual affiliations various in what they thought of high priorities for midterm voting, however majorities of many religion classes cited “the well being of our democracy” as being essential to their vote.
A majority of People planning to move to the polls (57%) listed the well being of our democracy and growing prices of housing and different on a regular basis bills as essential points for his or her vote.
The analysis discovered disparate views amongst spiritual People about racial and LGBTQ points.
Requested if “generations of slavery and discrimination have created situations that make it tough for Black People to work their approach out of the decrease class,” white Christians have been considerably much less more likely to agree, whereas majorities of Black Protestants, religiously unaffiliated People, non-Christian spiritual People and Hispanic Catholics agreed.
Most white evangelical Protestants, Black Protestants, different Christians, white Catholics and white mainline Protestants say there are solely two genders (feminine and male), in contrast with smaller percentages of Hispanic Catholics, religiously unaffiliated People and spiritual non-Christians.
The survey was primarily based on a consultant pattern of two,523 adults in all 50 U.S. states and was performed on-line from Sept 1-11, 2022. It has an total margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 proportion factors.