Pew: People Prefer Religious Diversity

A December study published by the Pew Research Center says that nearly 60% of the respondents indicated they would prefer to live in a community with people from many different religions. According to the study:

Some 59% of Americans say they would rather live in a community where there are many people with different religions, while 25% say they would prefer to live mainly among people who are the same religion as they are. Some 40% of white evangelicals, 42% of Hispanic Catholics, 38% of those who attend religious services at least weekly and 41% of conservative Republicans say they would rather live in communities mainly filled with people who share their religion. By contrast, just 14% of liberal Democrats, 20% of all Democrats, 14% of those who seldom or never attend religious services, 18% of college graduates and 21% of white non-Hispanic Catholics say they would prefer to live mainly among people who are the same religion as they are.

The study included questions on political, racial, and economic diversity, and immigration. Just over half (51%) indicated their support for diversity in all categories. The researchers note, however, that patterns of segregation and separation persist in American life.

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