A new survey of Americans has found that most American Christians still think that the United States is a nation blessed by God and historically Christian.
The Barna Group, a faith-based survey organization, recently collected data on American’s opinions of the nation’s history and contrasted the results with 2019.
The intent was to determine how the events of 2020, from George Floyd’s murder to the pandemic, may have molded and changed these opinions.
According to the survey, self-identified Christians were consistently more likely to believe that the US is, historically, a Christian country. Sixty-seven percent of Christian respondents strongly or somewhat agree with this belief, compared to 63 per cent of respondents in 2019.
Numbers among all US adults were the same between the two years, with 26 per cent affirming the idea.
In a similar vein, 74 per cent of self-identifying Christians said that they believed that the United States had been a leader for the rest of the world, a slight decrease from 77 per cent in 2019.
Barna notes a similar decline among all Americans, implying that Christians were not different regarding this change in opinion.
Self-identifying Christians saw a slight decrease in their beliefs about America being a nation of immigrants. Only 44 percent of Christians said that they strongly agreed with the notion of the United States as a nation of immigrants, a six percent decrease from 2019.
Self-identifying Christians also saw a slight decrease in their beliefs about minority groups being oppressed. Only 44 percent of respondents said they believed the United States has been oppressive to minorities. This belief is two percent less than 2019’s 46 percent.
In many of these cases, any changes among Christians and the general US population mirrored one another.