Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
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.“