STUDY: Black Churchgoers More Likely to Hear Clergy Support Political Candidates



FAITH-BASED REPORT – Churches don’t appear to be safe-havens for congregants hoping to attend worship services that are free of politics, according to a new study.

The Pew Research Center conducted a national survey that concluded 64 percent of Americans have recently attended religious services where clergy has spoken about social and political issues that include religious liberty, abortion, immigration, homosexuality and economic equality.

The study also reveals that African-American churchgoers are more than twice as likely as others to hear clergy speak directly in support or against a specific presidential candidate.

Among those who have heard religious leaders speak out for a candidate, Hillary Clinton is the name mentioned most often, with 6 percent of recent churchgoers saying their clergy have spoken out in support of her in the past few months. Donald Trump’s name is most commonly mentioned among those who have heard clergy speak out against a particular candidate; 7 percent have heard him mentioned in this context.

To read the full report, visit the Pew Research Center.

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