Survey Finds That White Evangelicals Want More Religious Influence in Government Policies Than Other Groups

FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, people taking part in an anti-abortion march hold signs as they stand on the steps of the Legislative building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

White evangelical Protestants widely believe that religion should play a large role in government policies, according to a recent survey released by the Associated Press.

The survey also found that this bloc of voters often hold more conservative views than the rest of Americans, including Catholics and non-evangelical Protestants.

Eighty percent of this group believed religion should have “a lot” or “some” influence on abortion policies while only 41 percent of other Americans agreed, according to the Christian Post. A majority of non-evangelical Americans believe religion is already playing a strong role in the abortion issue while evangelicals disagree.

A similar trend was found with LGBT policies: 62 percent of evangelicals want religious influence on the issue while only 30 percent of the rest of America agrees; and with laws to help those in poverty: 76 percent of evangelicals compared to 48 percent of Americans.

Immigration was a little lower on the scale with only 60 percent of evangelicals wanting their beliefs to dictate policies with 32 percent of non-evangelicals agreeing. Education fared similarly with 69 percent of evangelicals.

But after these issues, evangelicals’ desire for religious influence actually wanes. A little less than half of white evangelicals want faith to dictate gun policy and climate change.

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Source: Christian Headlines