A majority of young evangelicals and a plurality of other young Protestants believe that the religious are more marginalized than ever before, according to a new poll conducted for Rare.
Among all polled, 32 percent of young voters said the faithful were more marginalized, while 36 percent said they weren’t and 31 percent were unsure.
The question was asked as part of a first-of-its-kind Rare poll that surveyed only respondents under 40. The questions were tailored to chart trends in the opinions of younger voters.
Roman Catholics were split, with 37 percent who saw marginalization and 34 percent who didn’t. Jews were less likely to see the religious as pushed aside, although 47 percent said they weren’t sure.
Chad Pecknold, a professor of systematic theology at the Catholic University of America, said those numbers could be attributed to a number of factors.
“That those surveyed would be so split on this question speaks to a range of factors, including who those surveyed would count as ‘religious people,’ and whether one finds oneself at the margins of American culture or not, and for what reasons,” Pecknold told Rare in an email.
There was also a political divide. A strong plurality of Republicans, 49 percent, said that the religious had been marginalized, while only 21 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents agreed.
Men were also more likely to see religion as marginalized, with 37 percent of them saying yes, compared to only 28 percent of women.
The Rare survey was conducted by nonpartisan Gravis Marketing between August 11 and August 18. A total of 556 respondents under age 40 were interviewed over the phone and using Internet panels. Overall, the poll has a margin of error of 5 percent.
Matt Naham contributed to this report.