SAGE Cons and US Adults Religious Views
Nearly nine out of ten SAGE Con adults (89%) say they are Protestant, while less than one out of ten are Catholic (9%). Non-denominational Christians (17%) and Southern Baptists (16%) make up the largest percentages within the Protestant segment. To put this in context, 55% of US adults call themselves Protestant, and more than two out of ten (23%) say they are Catholic. Adults aligned with a non-Christian faith, or those who have no faith associations at all account for just 1% of the SAGE Con base, whereas 22% of US adults say they are either part of a non-Christian faith group or have no religious affiliation of any type.
A large majority of SAGE Cons attend church weekly (86%) and an additional 6% say they attend about once a month. Less than one out of ten (7%) SAGE Cons attend several times a year or less.
A preponderance of SAGE Cons (91%) say they have, personally, confessed their sins to Jesus Christ, sought His forgiveness, and have asked Him to be their savior, thereby assuring them of eternal life. In contrast, just one-third of the US adult population (34%) say they have done the same.
More than eight out of ten SAGE Cons (86%) correctly believe church are not violating the law when they register voters, provide information about issues and candidates, encourage congregants to vote, and teach what the Bible says about public policy issues. One out of ten (10%) are not sure and a very small percentage (3%) believe churches are violating the law.
The vast majority of SAGE Con adults (93%) believe churches add value to society when they register voters, provide information about issues and candidates, encourage congregants to vote, and teach what the Bible says about public policy issues.
More than eight out of ten SAGE Con respondents (82%) believe church are simply carrying out its biblical responsibility when they register voters, provide information about issues and candidates, encourage congregants to vote, and teach what the Bible says about public policy issues. Less than one out of ten (8%) believe such churches are going beyond their biblical responsibility, while 10% are “not sure”.
Only one out of ten SAGE Cons say their church was “very involved” in the election process during the last two voting cycles (2012 and 2014), by doing things such as registering voters, providing information about issues and candidates, encouraging congregants to vote, and the like, while 39% said their church was “somewhat involved”. Four out of ten said their church was “not at all involved” (39%). The remaining 13% either were “not sure” or do not attend church.
Six out of ten SAGE Con adults would prefer that their church was more involved in the election process during the 2016 election cycle than it has been in other recent elections. More than one-quarter desire the same level of involvement as in the past (28%), whereas less than one out of ten (8%) prefer less church involvement.
Two-thirds of the SAGE Con base (66%) would prefer that their church provide more information to the congregation about what the Bible teaches in relation to current social and political issues. One-quarter want the same amount as provided in the past (25%).
SAGE Cons were most likely to say they gathered their greatest amount of news on faith, religion and churches from religious radio stations. Three out of ten SAGE Cons (29%) used this medium, while a similar proportion (27%) cited independent online sources. One out of every ten respondents relied most heavily upon mainstream television news (10%), with almost as many (9%) turning to religious news magazines and social media.
Less frequently relied upon media for news on faith, religion and church issues were mainstream online news websites and mainstream television news (4% each); mobile apps, local daily newspapers and mainstream radio stations (2% each); metropolitan daily newspapers and national distribution newspapers (1% each); and mainstream news magazines (less than 1%).