A new survey from the Barna Group indicates that nine out of 10 Evangelical Christians do not agree with the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. The survey also found that seven out of 10 practicing Christians opposed the ruling.
The survey, which interviewed 1,012 adults ages 18 and over, suggested that about half (49 percent) of the general population agreed with the ruling. Only 37 percent of the general population said that the ruling would have a positive impact on society, Christian Today reports.
Other results of the survey include:
- 94 percent of Evangelical Christians were not in favor of the ruling.
- 66 percent of practicing Christians were not in favor of the ruling.
- 2 percent of Evangelical Christians were in favor of the ruling.
- 62 percent of Americans said they believed same-sex marriage was inevitable.
- Six in 10 Americans said they were worried religious freedom will become more restricted in the next five years.
The Barna Group defined Evangelical Christians as those who said "they have made 'a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today,' that their faith is very important in their life today; believing that when they die they will go to Heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour; and believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians."
Practicing Christians were defined as "self-identified Christians who say their faith is very important to their lives and who have attended a worship service, other than for a special occasion, one or more times during the past month."
Publication date: July 6, 2015