68% Of White Evangelicals Believe America Shouldn’t House Refugees

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The most likely to support refugee resettlement were religiously unaffiliated Americans.

Among the various groups surveyed in a recent Pew Research Center poll, Americans who identified as religiously unaffiliated were the most likely to support refugee resettlement in the United States, while the least likely to support such policy were white evangelical Protestants.

The study, which was conducted by Pew, found that 68 percent of white evangelicals believed that the United States “does not have a responsibility” to house refugees, while just 25 percent believes that it does. This is higher than the American national average: 51 percent of Americans overall believe the United States does have a responsibility to allow in refugees, while just 43 percent believe it does not.

The perspective of white evangelical Protestants on the refugee crisis is particularly striking because it’s relatively unusual among Christian religious groups. For example, 43 percent of white mainline Protestants believe that America has a responsibility to house refugees, as do 50 percent of Catholics and 63 percent of black Protestants. The highest level of support from any group cited in the study was from those who identified as religiously unaffiliated, of whom a full 65 percent support American housing of refugees.

White evangelical Christians are increasingly aligning themselves with the Republican party platform, but Vox notes that this development appears to work both ways:

As Trump’s policies become increasingly designed to appeal to that base (as, for example, with his recent move of the American Embassy to Jerusalem), it’s likewise increasingly clear that the relationship between the two is symbiotic.

And the line between white evangelical theology and GOP party platform is all but disappearing.

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