Evangelicals see 8-point drop in support for immigration reform

Evangelicals see 8-point drop in support for immigration reform
RNS – Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON (RNS) Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll released Tuesday (June 10).

The poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution shows that support for immigration reform among white evangelicals has seen an 8-point drop over the past year, to 48 percent.

Among white mainline Protestants, 58 percent are supportive, a proportion topped by minority Protestants at 62 percent, Catholics at 63 percent and religiously unaffiliated Americans at 68 percent.

The drop in white evangelical support comes as Americans’ overall views about immigrants have grown more positive, the poll shows. It also counters the “fairly steady public drumbeat from evangelical leaders” who have lobbied for a path to citizenship, said Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI.

 

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