Exploring the Intersection of Religion and Right-Wing Politics

A new survey from PRRI and the Brookings Institution has revealed that nearly a third of Americans are sympathetic to the idea of Christian nationalism, a worldview which argues that the United States should be explicitly Christian. The survey asked respondents a number of questions, which revealed that 1 in 10 Americans were categorized as “adherents” and 19 percent were “sympathizers” – meaning that 3 in 10 Americans completely or mostly agreed with the idea of a Christian nation. The survey also revealed that adherents to Christian nationalism largely reject immigration, and have regressive views on gender politics. These findings are concerning, and it is unclear whether these religious views are the motivator for political or cultural views, or if it is the other way around.