White Christians Are Now A Minority In The U.S.

Source: Huffington Post

A new study reveals major changes to the American religious landscape in recent decades.

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Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posed for selfies with supporters after speaking at Liberty University, a Christian institution, in January 2016.

Christian Americans proved to be a massive voting force in the 2016 presidential election, making up at least 75 percent of voters. Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons threw their support behind now-President Donald Trump ― and none so enthusiastically as white evangelicals.

But deep shifts in the racial and religious makeup of the United States led some commentators to call the election a “last hurrah” and a “death rattle” for white Christian America. Findings from a major new study by Public Religion Research Institute lend added weight to that analysis.

White Christians make up less than half of the U.S. population, according to PRRI’s 2016 poll of more than 101,000 Americans across all 50 states. The survey found that just 43 percent of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30 percent identify as white and Protestant.

In 40 years, the population of white Christians has dropped nearly in half. A 1976 General Social Survey found that 81 percent of Americans identified as white and Christian, and a majority ― 55 percent ― were white Protestants.

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