Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
Most Americans (56%) and a majority of Catholics (57%) do not believe the right of religious liberty is being threatened in America today. White Catholics, however, are more evenly divided on the issue, with 49 percent saying the right of religious liberty is being threatened, and 47 percent saying it is not being threatened.
Notably, white evangelical Protestants (61%) are the only major religious group that believes religious liberty is threatened in America today. Majorities of minority Protestants, white mainline Protestants and the unaffiliated do not believe the religious liberty is being threatened in America today.
There are also significant political and generational divides on this issue. Majorities of Tea Party members (72%) Republicans (60%), and seniors (56%) also believe that religious liberty is being threatened. By contrast, majorities of Democrats (69%), Independents (58%), and Millennials (73%) do not believe that religious liberty is being threatened today.
Stay tuned to our blog as we unveil more analysis of the “Fortnight of Facts About Religious Liberty.“