Poll: African-Americans Most Likely to Identify as ‘Born-Again or Evangelical’

By Gavi Greenspan | June 4, 2018 | 3:47pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- A new Gallup survey shows that a strong majority of African-Americans identify as ‘born-again’ or evangelical, in contrast to whites and Hispanics.

When asked, “Would you describe yourself as ‘born-again’ or evangelical?” 61% of blacks responded in the affirmative while 38% of whites and 44% of Hispanics answered “yes.”

As Gallup explained, “The born-again/evangelical population in this country is highest among blacks, who are overall the most religious racial and ethnic group in the U.S.”

(Source: Gallup) 

Gallup further explained that there is a dearth of research on black evangelicals, writing, “The black born-again/evangelical population is usually not the focus of political analysis, given that blacks are strongly likely to identify as Democrats and to approve of Democratic presidents and disapprove of Republican presidents -- regardless of their religiosity or evangelical status.”

African-Americans apparently are also more likely to be skeptical of same-sex marriage than whites. In June 2017, the Pew Research Center reported that 64% of non-Hispanic whites supported same-sex marriage while only 51% of non-Hispanic blacks did.

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, stated in 2016, “The center of gravity for both orthodoxy and evangelism is not among Anglo suburban evangelicals but among African Anglicans and Asian Calvinists and Latin American Pentecostals.”

“The vital core of American evangelicalism today can be found in churches that are multiethnic and increasingly dominated by immigrant communities,” he said.

For its survey, Gallup conducted telephone interviews of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error was +/- 4 percentage points.

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