Religion

Poll: Christians Face More Discrimination Than Muslims

The Public Religion Research Institute on March 10 published poll findings revealing that most evangelical Christians believe that Christians face significant discrimination, while significantly fewer believe that Muslims face a lot of discrimination.

A clear 57-percent majority of evangelical Christians said that their own denomination faces "a lot" of discrimination, while a 44-percent minority said that Muslims face "a lot" of discrimination.

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The poll suggests that evangelical Christians' opinions on the topic have changed significantly in the past few years. A previous PRRI survey from December 2013 asked the same question, but found that at that time, 59 percent of evangelical Christians believed Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination. This number dropped to 56 percent by October 2016, according to The Atlantic.

The sample size of evangelical Christians sampled in the poll was smaller for this latest study relative to previous PRRI surveys.

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Evangelicals were the only religious denomination surveyed by PRRI that believed that Christians were more likely to experience discrimination than Muslims. Poll respondents with no religious affiliation were most likely to say that Muslims experience a lot of discrimination.

Christians in general polled according to an age divide: a relatively large proportion of young Christians answered that Muslims face a lot of discrimination, while a relatively small proportion of senior Christians who responded the same way.

In a different cross-section of the participants surveyed, Democrats were twice as likely than Republicans to respond that immigrants face a great deal of discrimination.

Muslims are the targets of 22 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes; in comparison, Catholics, Protestants, Mormons and other Christian faiths combine for just 13.6 percent of the victim of such crimes.

Furthermore, people of the Muslim faith comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, while people of Christian faiths make up 70 percent. Jewish people are, by the numbers, the subjects of the largest share of religiously-motivated hate crimes, though the PRRI study did not ask respondents their opinions on Jews.

This PRRI data was released in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

This action, along with Trump's original travel ban, has been labeled as a "Muslim ban," though Trump's administration has vigorously disagreed with that characterization.

Trump's original travel ban included exemptions for certain members of religious minorities in select Muslim-majority countries. The revised travel ban removed such language.

Sources: The Atlantic, PRRI / Photo Credit: Jai Mansson/Flickr