Some people question how others believe in things that you’ve never seen. That belief is defined as faith. Faith is the cornerstone of Christianity and other religions. We’ve never seen God walk in front of us, but we know that He exists. Coincidentally, the same idea exists in science. Scientists have never seen a neutron […]
More than eight in 10 white Americans would vote for a racial minority for president, but fewer whites who take the Bible literally or who worship in an all-white congregation would do the same, according to a recent survey.
Research from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion found that 84 percent of non-Hispanic white Americans said they would vote for a racial minority if he or she was nominated by their party.
But only 75 percent of respondents who said the Bible should be taken literally, and 69 percent of those who attend an all-white congregation, would vote that way.
“It is easy to be distrustful of another group of people when someone is not personally acquainted with anyone from that group. The
2008 presidential election will test the consequences of America’s continued religious segregation by race.”
Researchers found that about eight in 10 white Protestants would vote for a racial minority, while nine out of 10 whites with no religious affiliation would support a candidate of that description.
The findings from a sample of 1,325 non-Hispanic whites was part of the 2008 Baylor Religion Survey that was designed by the institute and conducted by the Gallup Organization. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service
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