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A recent Pew Poll revealed that Jews are viewed most warmly by Americans. Muslims hit rock bottom, just below atheists.

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

Cross posted from Pew Forum

Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).

Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to 53 for Buddhists. The public views atheists and Muslims more coldly; atheists receive an average rating of 41, and Muslims an average rating of 40. Fully 41% of the public rates Muslims in the coldest part of the thermometer (33 or below), and 40% rate atheists in the coldest part.

These are some of the key findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted May 30-June 30, 2014, among 3,217 adults who are part of Pew Research’s new American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults.

Both Jews and Atheists Rate Evangelicals Negatively, but Evangelicals Rate Jews Highly

Attitudes among religious groups toward each other range from mutual regard to unrequited positive feelings to mutual coldness. Catholics and evangelicals, the two largest Christian groups measured here, generally view each other warmly. White evangelical Protestants give Catholics an average thermometer rating of 63; Catholics rate evangelicals at 57. Evangelicals also hold very positive views of Jews, with white evangelical Protestants giving Jews an average thermometer rating of 69. Only Jews themselves rate Jews more positively. But that warmth is not mutual: despite evangelicals’ warm feelings toward Jews, Jews tend to give evangelicals a much cooler rating (34 on average).

Christians and Jews Are Rated More Favorably by Older Americans Than by Younger People; Other Non-Christian Faiths Are Rated More Positively by Younger People

Christian groups and Jews receive higher ratings from older Americans (those ages 65 and older) than from younger Americans. By contrast, other non-Christian groups receive their highest ratings from younger Americans. Adults under the age of 30, for instance, give Muslims a neutral rating of 49, on average, whereas older adults give Muslims significantly more negative ratings (42 among those ages 30-49, 36 on average among those 50-64, and 32 among those 65 and older).

These patterns may partly reflect that there are more Christians among older Americans than among younger people. In Pew Research surveys conducted this year, fully 85% of Americans ages 65 and older describe themselves as Christians, compared with just 59% among adults under 30 (32% of whom identify as religious “nones”).

Jews Rated Most Positively by Whites; Evangelicals and Muslims Viewed More Favorably by Blacks than Whites

Jews receive their most positive ratings from whites, who give them an average rating of 66. Jews also are rated favorably by blacks and Hispanics (with each group giving Jews an average rating of 58). Evangelicals also are rated positively by all three groups, with their highest average rating coming from blacks (68). Muslims receive a neutral rating from blacks (49 on average), but they are rated more negatively by whites (38). Hispanics’ ratings of Muslims fall in between (43).

These findings may reflect the racial and ethnic composition of religious groups. Many blacks describe themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians, for instance, and 23% of Muslims in the U.S. are black, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2011 survey of Muslim Americans. Fully 94% of U.S. Jews are white, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 survey of U.S. Jews.

Politics and Religion: Partisans’ Views of Religious Groups
Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party tend to rate evangelicals very positively (71 on average). They also express warm feelings toward Jews (67 on average) and Catholics (66). The warmth Republicans feel for evangelicals may reflect the fact that many Republicans and Republican leaners are themselves evangelicals. Among those who are not evangelical Christians, evangelicals receive an average rating of 62. Mormons receive a neutral rating from Republicans and Republican leaners (52 on average), while Buddhists receive a rating of 49 and Hindus a rating of 47. Republicans and Republican leaners view atheists and Muslims much more negatively than they view other religious groups.

Democrats and Democratic leaners express warm feelings toward Jews (average rating of 62) and Catholics (61). Buddhists also are rated favorably (57 on average) by Democrats. Evangelicals receive an average rating of 53 from all Democrats and Democratic leaners, but this drops to 45 among those who are not evangelicals themselves. With the exception of Jews, all of the non-Christian groups asked about receive warmer ratings from Democrats and Democratic leaners than they do from Republicans.

Familiarity With People of Different Faiths

Fully 87% of U.S. adults (including 85% of non-Catholics) say they personally know someone who is Catholic. And seven-in-ten people (including 63% of non-evangelicals) say they know someone who is an evangelical Christian. Because Catholics and evangelical Christians are such large groups, it is to be expected that most people would know someone from these groups.

Most Americans also say they know someone who is Jewish (61%) or an atheist (59%), even though these groups are much smaller than Catholics and evangelical Christians; roughly 2% of U.S. adults identify religiously as Jewish, and a little more than 2% identify as atheists. Other small groups are less familiar to most Americans. For example, 44% of Americans say they know someone who is Mormon, and 38% say they know someone who is Muslim. Mormons constitute about 2% of the U.S. adult population, and Muslims roughly 1%. Roughly one-in-four adults or fewer say they know a Buddhist (23%) or Hindu (22%); these groups each account for roughly 1% or less of the overall population.
Knowing someone from a religious group is linked with having relatively more positive views of that group. Those who say they know someone who is Jewish, for example, give Jews an average thermometer rating of 69, compared with a rating of 55 among those who say they do not know anyone who is Jewish. Atheists receive a neutral rating of 50, on average, from people who say they personally know an atheist, but they receive a cold rating of 29 from those who do not know an atheist. Similarly, Muslims get a neutral rating (49 on average) from those who know a Muslim, and a cooler rating (35) from those who do not know a Muslim.

Read the full report here.

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  • Rafasa Arandas

    So…most Jews dislike Christians while most Christians love Jews?

  • jkings

    Thanks for understanding friend. How can we try and reach these people to teach them love and not hate? If they think that we are only infidels, and only worthy of death and destruction, this is not easy. Does anyone have any ideas about how to reach these young men that feel they need to do violence to those that they see as infidels? They hate us so much that its hard to even imagine reaching them at this point. 🙁 I pray that they can see, that love and peace is the only good way. I will not believe that God greets people well when they choose to kill a ton of people as their last action on earth. This person was telling how his life sucked in America. His approach to life also sucked unfortunately. He could of been a peacemaker, a shining light in the world. Teaching good things to even evil people, not showing them anger and hate. It is easy to be angry at the West. It is harder to love them, that is the path to righteousness though. Bless those that curse you, love your enemies. That creates peace. How can a person hate you after they loved you? If you are welcoming to a person, and show them true acceptance and love, that person will hurt themselves in hurting you, and it will be much harder for them. People of the West like me who read this, bless all of those who hate us and don’t accept us. Show them that not all of us are full of darkness! This is why Jesus commanded us to love all people, and not just some. He knew that everyone loves their own people, but for peace we of course need to love outside of our own.

  • jkings

    Ok Loonwatch. I woke up today and read the news. I see that a 22 year old man from Florida made this video. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/american-suicide-bomber-syria-threatens-video-article-1.1885341. He called us Infidels and said that they are coming for us. He also said they will march on Israel next. I was wondering if being concerned about this is considered being a loon?

  • Sam Seed

    The one that doesn’t exist.

  • Awesome

    A few points need to addressed.

    “I will say this though, who more than Muslims, are these guys going to listen to. They arent going to listen to the West, and they would kill themselves just to kill even 1 of us.”

    – They are only going to listen to themselves and/or the people who hired them, regardless of what Muslims say. If they cared about Muslims or what Muslims thought about them, they would not be killing them so freely. In fact, they are specifically targeting Muslims.

    “I am very sad that no one is doing anything about ISIS. They have killed thousands and beheaded so many people. Obama said that he the US acted against them, that just some other network would pop up. I feel that is not fair to say. being as ISIS has 2 billion dollars, a hugh army of blood thirsty killers, and support from lots of confused people. Not to mention the 16 billion worth of equipment that was meant for the Iraqi army. That is not just terrorist group.”

    In this regard, those who can do something about ISIS are likely the same people who are behind ISIS in the first place. That would go a long way in explaining their 2 billion dollars and their military training. Although, it is unlikely that ISIS would have ever managed anything if it weren’t for al-Maliki creating such a favorable situation for them.

    “They also ofc as you must know are attempting to rule that entire area/maybe the world. That isnt just from being oppressed by the Iraqi gov. I say we all must speak out against ISIS, and attempt to change the view of their supporters. We need the Muslims to speak the loudest, as it is their doctrine that they are using/manipulating to carry out these actions. Maybe they can be swayed only by other Muslims. Hasn’t seem to work so far but maybe if there is a hugh world pressure and outcry. My advice, for all our sakes, speak loudly and often about the slaughter of ISIS.”

    – Except terrorists, like those members of ISIS, are not political figures, so they do not care what others think of what they are doing, even if it were the entire world who opposed them. Terrorism is a crime and those who engage in it are criminals and therefore, should be dealt with in the same way that criminals are dealt with – arrest them, put them on trial for their crimes and sentence them appropriately. It may require more military power and training to take them down, but that’s how it should be done.

  • jkings

    It does seem that the collective response has been negative. And Im very glad about that. I will say this though, who more than Muslims, are these guys going to listen to. They arent going to listen to the West, and they would kill themselves just to kill even 1 of us. I am very sad that no one is doing anything about ISIS. They have killed thousands and beheaded so many people. Obama said that he the US acted against them, that just some other network would pop up. I feel that is not fair to say. being as ISIS has 2 billion dollars, a hugh army of blood thirsty killers, and support from lots of confused people. Not to mention the 16 billion worth of equipment that was meant for the Iraqi army. That is not just terrorist group. They also ofc as you must know are attempting to rule that entire area/maybe the world. That isnt just from being oppressed by the Iraqi gov. I say we all must speak out against ISIS, and attempt to change the view of their supporters. We need the Muslims to speak the loudest, as it is their doctrine that they are using/manipulating to carry out these actions. Maybe they can be swayed only by other Muslims. Hasn’t seem to work so far but maybe if there is a hugh world pressure and outcry. My advice, for all our sakes, speak loudly and often about the slaughter of ISIS.

  • Awesome

    All indications certainly point to them being imperialist tools, just like AQ. It seems that they may be a part of the 3-state agenda for Iraq:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/articlePictures/The%20Project%20for%20the%20New%20Middle%20East.jpg

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