04/26/2006 - Despite the strong pro-immigrant statements issued recently by a number of prominent religious leaders, polls show that large segments of the public including many Catholics, mainline Protestants and evangelicals harbor serious concerns about immigrants and immigration. But among these three groups, those who attend church most frequently tend to be more likely than their less-frequently-attending counterparts to share their religious leaders' pro-immigrant sentiments. This disparity in perspective often persists even after controlling for socio-economic variables such as income, education, gender, and race.
These findings are based on recent Pew Research Center surveys conducted in February, March and April 2006 that provide an opportunity to examine more closely the relationship between religion and attitudes on immigration. This analysis focuses on the views of white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants and white non-Hispanic Catholics (who together account for nearly 60% of the population) – as well as on the views of secular Americans, who comprise 11% of the public.
Read the full report Attitudes Toward Immigration In the Pulpit and the Pew on the Pew Research Center Web site.