New Study Shows Growing Political Differences Between Older and Younger Evangelicals

A new study, released by the Voter Study Group, illustrates a growing divide between how younger and older evangelicals perceive political issues, particularly those championed by President Trump.

While older white evangelical Christians have been enthusiastic about President Trump and his policies, younger evangelicals do not share their views. While 80 percent of white evangelicals over 45 have a favorable view of the President, only 60 percent of younger evangelicals hold the same view. The disparity becomes even more pronounced when considering the percentage who hold a “very favorable” view of the President. 55 percent of older white evangelicals hold a “very favorable” view of President Trump compared with only 25 percent of younger white evangelicals.

One issue where the divide is quite pronounced is immigration. The survey shows that younger white evangelicals tend to hold a much more positive view about the effects of immigration on American life. One question asked if immigrants strengthen our country, are a burden on our country, or if the person thinks both, neither, or does not know. Older white evangelicals were more likely to view immigrants as a burden while younger white evangelicals considered them to be an asset to the country.

66 percent of those aged 18-34 said that immigrants strengthen the country, compared to only 32 percent of those 65 and over. 54 percent of the oldest group believes that immigrants are a burden on the country, while less than 30 percent of those 18-34 held that view as well.

Daniel Cox, writing at FiveThirtyEight, said that young white evangelicals have also been less enthusiastic about Trump is because, “Their lives have been dramatically different than their parents.” He argued that younger white evangelicals do not view the United States becoming a majority non-white country as a problem, many old white evangelicals believe it is.

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Source: Christian Headlines