Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/18/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholic faith is enjoying a warm reception in America.

Catholics have reason to feel good about themselves, if the results of a new Pew survey are to be believed. According to a survey of Americans, Catholics are rated "warmly" revealing broad public acceptance and favor.

Americans view Catholics more favorably than any other Christian group.

Americans view Catholics more favorably than any other Christian group.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/18/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Catholic, Pew, study, ratings, research, atheism, Islam


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the latest Pew study, Catholics are rated warmly in the United States. The positive result comes with other surprises as well. The poll asked 3,217 adults how they felt about different religions.

Participants were asked to rate their feelings towards each religious group on a scale of 1 to 100, likened to a thermometer. A 50 represented neutral feelings. Catholics were a balmy 62, just behind Jews who scored the highest at 63.

Live Catholic, Shop Catholic!

Evangelical Christians came in at 61, just behind Catholics.

Hindus were placed in the dead center, at 50. Buddhist were close at 53.

The surprises were in the 40 range where Mormons rated low at 48. This means a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This result seems surprising because the Mormons are noted for their public outreach.

At the relative bottom of the scale were atheists, who received a chilly score of 41. That's quite low with many Americans viewing atheism as somewhat hostile. The only religion to be ranked below atheism is Islam. Muslims scored a 40, even lower than atheists.

The finding did take into account each respondent's religious beliefs and naturally people ranked their own religion the highest.

Another curious finding was that Evangelicals rate Jews highly, giving them a ranking of 69. Yet, Jews don't share the affinity, ranking them an astounding 34. What's more surprising is that they ranked Muslims a point higher at 35!

Atheists and Evangelicals really dislike each other, with each giving the other scores in the 20s. However, Atheists view Buddhists favorably, giving them a 69. Atheists gave Jews a 61 and Hindus a 58. Christians fared much worse in the eyes of atheists.

The study also found one troubling statistic. Christianity is on the decline in America. It is losing ground to atheism, Islam, and eastern religions. Part of this is the unchecked growth of secularism and the other part is attributable to an influx of peoples from Asian countries.

Younger Americans tend to view various religious groups with disfavor while older Americans are happier with religions people.

The study also examined political affiliations and found that Catholics in particular did well with both parties. This is unusual since religious groups tend to nest under one political banner or another. Catholics tend to side with Republicans on some issues and Democrats on others. Whether a Catholic votes one way or another depends on what issues matter the most to the individual.

This finding makes Catholics extremely influential as they form the single most important swing block in the nation. That means it will continue to be Catholics who elect Presidents, are seated on the Supreme Court, and win local races. With American culture in secular upheaval, this is another bit of good news.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for NOVEMBER 2016
Universal:
Countries Receiving Refugees: That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity: That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.



Comments


More U.S.

Tutor sends 7-year-old to hospital for 'being disruptive in class' Watch

Image of Timothy Korr was arrested for child abuse (Baltimore police).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Timothy Randall Korr is a 25-year-old tutor at City Springs Elementary School who has been charged with assaulting 7-year-old Trayvon Grayson in the classroom. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Korr has been charged with felony child abuse and assault after police ... continue reading


ABOUT TIME - Texas now requires aborted children to be given a funeral Watch

Image of Texas will now require aborted children get funerals too.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new law in Texas should help reinforce respect for the sanctity of life. The law now ensures that children killed in abortion mills at least get a proper burial. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Abortion is often treated as a "once-and-done" approach to ... continue reading


A miracle of Christ? Wildfire kills 11 but spares Jesus statue in Tennessee Watch

Image of Christ statue only survivor of Tennessee wildfire.

By (CNA)

As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made. Gatlinburg, Tennessee (CNA) - On Thursday, CNN said that one of its affiliate reporters had found a statue of Jesus in the remains of a burnt-down house in Sevier County. The ... continue reading


COLDPOCALYPSE - Record-shattering cold to freeze most of U.S., severe storms probable Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United States is about to be hammered with record-shattering cold. A super-frigid airmass has developed over Alaska and will drop down into the lower 48 states next week. The exceptional cold is likely to break records, drop snow, and spawn violent storms. LOS ... continue reading


Faith and the Future: Build on the Rock of Jesus and Become the Church Militant Watch

Image of The Church is the rock of refuge and a safe harbor in an age which is being shaken.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The use of the expression Church Militant as a description of the mission of the Church on earth used to be very common. However, for lots of reasons, including a possible misunderstanding of the term in this increasingly violent age, it has fallen out of use. It ... continue reading


Surveillance footage released from Ohio State University attack Watch

Image of Ohio State University surveillance footage has been released (The Lantern).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

When Artan Razak Ali Artan mowed down people and began a stabbing spree at Ohio State University, he sent eleven people to local hospitals, one of whom was in critical condition. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In wake of the surprise attack, Ohio State University ... continue reading


THANK YOU JESUS! - Infant survives launch from car into storm drain Watch

Image of A car accident (not pictured) launched an infant onto the street.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A car accident was reported in Arkansas involving four adults and an 8-month-old child, which was thrown from the vehicle. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials believe an 18-wheeler clipped the family vehicle, causing the accident and KSLA reported the event ... continue reading


Who Needs Advent? I do! Watch

Image of The candle is a symbol of Advent because it is a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, who is always coming to those with the eyes of living faith.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Jesus Christ is not just a memory to the Christian with living faith. He is alive in our midst and living His Life in and through His Body, the Church, of which we are members. The redemptive mission of the Lord Jesus continues until He returns. As Christians, we ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier on Thanksgiving Day and the Need to Return to God Watch

Image of Thanksgiving meal

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

On this Thanksgiving Day we will gather around the table as families and give thanks to God for the liberty and bounty He has given to us as a Nation. There is a reason our national motto was and still is In God We Trust.  We must rediscover that reason once ... continue reading


Hollywood's 1954 Thanksgiving Prayer: We Thank Thee for the Privilege of Living as Free Men Watch

Image of The Nov. 21, 1954 show featured the Anderson family: Jim and Margaret and their three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy

By Penny Starr

We thank thee for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose WASHINGTON, DC (CNSNews.com) - On Thanksgiving week in 1954, NBC aired a holiday-themed "Father Knows Best" ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
19 Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh -- it is good to sing psalms to our God -- how ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:35--10:1, 6-8
35 Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 3rd, 2016 Image

St. Francis Xavier
December 3: St. Francis Xavier was a Navarrese-Basque Roman ... Read More