BIG BREAKIN NEWS – NEW POLL: White evangelical Protestants – only major religious group to say country moving in right direction [#PRRI #PublicReligionResearchInstitute] 10/19

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BIG BREAKIN NEWS – NEW POLL: White evangelical Protestants – only major religious group to say country moving in right direction [#PRRI #PublicReligionResearchInstitute] 10/19

As the U.S. enters the closing weeks of the 2020 presidential election, two-thirds (67%) of Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, compared to only one-third (32%) who say it is headed in the right direction. Notably, this mood is slightly less pessimistic than public sentiment just ahead of the 2016 elections (74% wrong direction, 25% right direction).

Two-thirds (66%) of Republicans, compared to one in four (26%) independents and one in ten (10%) Democrats, say the country is moving in the right direction.

However, Republicans and independents are less optimistic about the direction of the country now than they were in 2019 (74% and 34%, respectively), while attitudes among Democrats are unchanged (11%).

Republicans who say they trust Fox News most for television news overwhelmingly believe that the country is going in the right direction (79%), compared to 58% of Republicans who trust other news sources.

White evangelical Protestants (59%) are the only major religious group to say that the country is moving in the right direction.

Other white Christian groups are less optimistic, including 40% of white mainline Protestants and 39% of white Catholics.

Hispanic Protestants (40%), Hispanic Catholics (28%), and other Christians (26%) are less likely to say the country is headed in the right direction.

Only about one in four non-Christian religious Americans (24%), along with 18% of religiously unaffiliated Americans and 13% of Black Protestants, say the country is headed in the right direction.

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