Poll Spot

National Survey on Perspectives on Poverty

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2007-06

A majority of Americans are very concerned about poverty though they are largely misinformed about its severity. Evangelical Christians are half as likely as other Americans to view poverty as the biggest challenge facing the nation. Evangelicals are also least likely to see poverty as a government job/most likely to see it as the church’s […]

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Changing Faiths : Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

Sponsor: The Pew Research Center
Released: 2007-04

This survey evaluates the impact of renewalism on Hispanic Christianity, as well as mapping the connections between Hispanics’ religious beliefs and their political and ideological views. Even after controlling for language ability, nationality, generation and education, for instance, Latino evangelicals are still significantly more conservative than are Catholics on social issues, foreign policy issues and […]

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American Piety in the 21st Century

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2006-09

According to this Baylor University study, religious belief and a sense of religious belonging work together to shape political opinion. Additionally, spiritual practices are better predictors than specific traditions. It identifies four very different views of who God is and what God does in the world — Authoritarian God, Benevolent God, Critical God, Distant God […]

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Study on Beliefs about Bible

Sponsor: Gallup/USA Today
Released: 2006-05

There has been a gradual decline over the past 30 years in the percentage of Americans who believe that the Bible is literally true and the actual word of God. About three out of 10 Americans continue to profess belief in a literal Bible today, about 10 percentage points lower than was the case three […]

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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished […]

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