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US parents are not prioritising their children's faith, study suggests

by Sophie Drew

Parents in the US are not prioritising their children’s faith, a new study has suggested.

According to the Pew Research Centre, only around a third of US parents believe it’s “very important” to share their religious beliefs with their children.

In fact, only white Evangelical and black Protestant communities appear to prioritise their children’s faith.

The study questioned almost 4,000 parents with children under the age of 18, asking them about a range of topics to determine trends in modern parenting.

It’s an issue that spans the political divide, with both republicans and democrats equally likely to say the matter is of any importance, the research suggests.

However, there is a major difference in regard to race - only 40 per cent of black parents and 39 per cent of Hispanic parents that participated in the Parenting in America Today study said that it’s extremely or very important to them that their children share their religious beliefs.

The percentage is lower among white and Asian parents, reaching only 32 per cent.

However, around 70 per cent of white Evangelical parents and 53 per cent of black Protestants agree that it is important that their children share their same religious beliefs.

That being said, the figure is considerably lower amongst white non-Evangelicals - 29 per cent - and 35 per cent amongst of Catholic parents.


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