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White Christians are no longer a majority in the US, according to a new survey



The amount of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, according to a new Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI) survey released Wednesday.

PPRI reported that white Christians currently comprise 43 percent of America’s population despite once making up a greater share of that total.

Approximately eight in 10 Americans called themselves white Christians four decades ago, according to PPRI.

PPRI, which is a polling organization based in Washington, D.C., said that Christians overall remain a large majority in the U.S. at nearly 70 percent of Americans there.

Changes have rippled across the entire spectrum of Christian traditions in the U.S., according to PPRI.

Membership in predominantly white mainline Protestant denominations like Lutherans, for example, are drastically declining.

There is also an increasingly large Latino population in the Roman Catholic Church, and the size of white evangelical ranks is also shrinking.

PPRI reported that roughly 17 percent of Americans identify as white evangelical, down from 23 percent one decade ago.

Fifty-five percent of U.S. Catholics, meanwhile, say they are white, contrasted with 87 percent two-and-a-half decades ago.

White American Catholics also declined from 16 percent to 11 percent during the last decade, while white mainline Protestants shrank from 18 percent to 13 percent in the same span.

The survey additionally found that over a third of all Republicans in the U.S. say they are white evangelicals, and nearly three-quarters call themselves white Christians.

Democratic White Christians, for their part, have dropped to 29 percent after grabbing 47 percent of America’s population 10 years ago.

President Trump repeatedly vowed to protect the religious liberty of Christians during his 2016 election campaign.

Approximately 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump last year, and the group remains among his strongest supporters.

PPRI conducted its latest survey of more than 100,000 people in the U.S. from January 2016 to last January. It has a margin of error less than 1 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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