Thirty percent of adults in the United States have a “positive” perception of evangelicals as Americans increasingly view the religious demographic through a political lens, newly released Barna Group research indicates. According to the Christian polling firm, evangelicals make up about 6% of the U.S. population but have assumed a “unique place in national discourse.” “Based on a nationwide study of U.S. adults, we found that, though many people still view evangelicals as a committed group of believers who put their faith first, their political connotation puts the future of American evangelicalism in a precarious spot,” a summary of the new report reads.
The research comes as support for President Donald Trump and his administration’s socially conservative policies have placed white evangelicals in the national media spotlight in recent years. According to Barna President David Kinnaman, the findings of the research show a “clear indication of the divided nature of the U.S. population” in which “evangelicals are at the epicenter of many of those differences of opinion and worldview.” “On the one side, there are evangelicals and those favourable toward evangelicals; the other side includes those who hold unfavourable views of evangelicals,” Kinnaman wrote in the report. “It appears never the two shall meet.”
Source: Barna Research