Of Americans, Evangelicals Are Least Likely To Feel Obligated To Help Refugees

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A recent Pew Research Center poll found evangelical Protestants to be least keen on welcoming refugees to the U.S.

When Americans were debating the political issue of accepting refugees into the United States, Pew Research Center found that about 56 percent of the country believed the U.S. had a responsibility to bring them in.

That number has since dropped to about 51 percent, but The Washington Post noticed an interesting finding in the latest poll: Evangelicals are the group least likely to say the U.S. should welcome refugees into the country.

Only 25 percent of evangelicals told Pew that they believed the United States has such a responsibility, half the percentage of Catholics who said the same thing and substantially lower than the religiously unaffiliated. In statistical terms, the percentage of evangelicals holding that view was about equal to the percentage of Republicans, 26 percent, given margins of error.

The next least-supportive group was those without college degrees, nearly 4 in 10 of whom agreed with the idea that a responsibility existed. Among mainline white Protestants, the percentage was slightly higher.

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