Once again, white evangelicals are outliers on beliefs about race and American history – Baptist News Global


White evangelicals are much more likely than other American adults to believe that white Americans face as much discrimination as blacks and other people of color, the Public Religion Research Institute found in its recently released 2022 American Values ​​Survey.

A small majority of mainline white Protestants also share this belief, PRRI said. “Among religious groups, six in 10 white evangelical Protestants (61%) agree that discrimination against white Americans has become as big an issue as discrimination against racial minorities, as do 52% of white Protestants and nearly half white Catholics (48%).”

PRRI conducted the survey of 2,500 American adults from September 1-11 in partnership with the Brookings Institution. The study probed American attitudes on issues ranging from gender, abortion and LGBTQ rights to conspiracy theories and the moral and political state of the nation. The researchers also assessed views on race with respect to economic disparities, criminal justice, critical race theory, and white supremacy.

On the issue of discrimination against white Americans, agreement dropped significantly among groups other than white evangelicals, PRRI said in its report. “Less than half of other Christians (44%), Non-Christian Religious Americans (43%) and Hispanic Catholics (36%) agreed. Agreement is lowest among black Protestants, with 12% agreeing with the statement and 85% disagreeing.

Overall, 57% of Americans disagreed that discrimination against whites had “become as serious a problem as discrimination against black Americans and other minorities.”

When it comes to partisan differences, 65% of Republicans said white Americans face equal discrimination as non-whites, while just 14% of Democrats agreed.

The survey went into several burning racial questions, including asking Americans whether slavery and other past discrimination led to economic and social barriers for black Americans in modern times – 45% were d agree, 51% no.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd before publicly signing HB7, ‘Personal Liberty’, also dubbed the ‘Stop Woke’ Bill during a press conference at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida on Friday, April 22. , 2022. As Republicans and Democrats battle for control of Congress this fall, a growing number of conservative political action groups are targeting their efforts closer to home: at local school boards. DeSantis has endorsed a slate of school board nominees, putting his weight behind conservatives who share his opposition to lessons on sexuality and what he sees as critical race theory. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP, File)

On the issue of critical race theory, PRRI found that relatively few Americans had heard of it. Only 19% have heard “a lot” of the theory, against 34% who have “heard nothing” and 45% who have heard “a little” about the CRT.

And yet critical race theory debates have raged on television, in the media, and in angry school board meetings for the past two years.

“Americans who trust far-right media the most are the most likely to say they have heard a lot about critical race theory (42%), along with 29% of Americans who trust the most to Fox News,” the PRRI report said. “Less than two in 10 Americans who most trust mainstream media (18%) or non-television news sources (16%) say the same.”

While conservatives in several states passed legislation banning the teaching of what they call critical race theory and other race-related topics they considered painful for white students, the PRRI survey found little agreement with this approach.

“Most Americans (92%) prefer that students learn ‘the good and the bad’ of American history.”

In fact, most Americans (92%) prefer that students learn “the good and the bad” of American history, compared to only 5% who prefer to omit episodes of history that might make children “sore.” comfortable or guilty”.

“There are no substantial partisan differences, although Republicans are slightly more supportive of excluding aspects of history (7%) than Democrats and independents (both 4%). There are few differences between religious traditions or demographics,” PRRI said. “This consensus holds across varying levels of exposure to critical race theory: 92% of those who have heard a lot about critical race theory, 94% of those who have heard a little about it, and 93% of those who have heard nothing of it declare that we should teach children the good and the bad of history.

Most Americans (58%) agree that Blacks are more likely to receive the death penalty for the same crimes committed by whites, although Republicans (31%) and white evangelical Protestants (33%) are much less likely to share this view.

Although state and national statistics have documented that black people are more likely to receive the death penalty for the same crimes committed by white people, nearly half of Americans don’t believe the data.

“A slim majority of white Americans (51%) think a black person is more likely to receive the death penalty than a white person. A larger majority of Americans who are multiracial or of another race agree (57%). Strong majorities of Hispanic Americans (68%) and Black Americans (77%) agree. White Americans with a college degree (62%) are more likely to agree than those without a four-year degree (45%).

Responses were similar when Survey participants were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement that “white supremacy is still a major issue in the United States today.”

Most Americans (58%) said yes, including 86% Democrats, 60% Independents but only 30% Republicans.

“White evangelical Protestants (33%) are the least likely to agree, and less than half of other Christians (49%) also agree. The majority of all other religious groups agree that white supremacy remains an issue, including Black Protestants (88%), Hispanic Catholics (73%), those affiliated with non-Christian religions (72%), those who do not are affiliated with no religious tradition (71%), and white mainline Protestants (54%), as well as half of white Catholics (50%). »

PRRI also found that 78% of black Americans agree white supremacy continues to be an issue, compared to 52% of whites, 65% of Hispanics, and 61% of other races.

Survey participants were also asked whether white Americans continued to be responsible for slavery and other past forms of discrimination.

“More than two-thirds of Americans (68%) agree that white Americans today bear no responsibility for slavery or discrimination against black people in the past, while 27% disagree,” indicates the report. “An overwhelming majority of Republicans (87%) agree, as do 72% of independents and 52% of Democrats. There are few differences between religions.

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