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i need to correct, the figures in the OP are for White Christians. The corresponding numbers for White Protestants are 30% now, and 55% in 1976. To your question:

 

The Growth of Nonwhite Christians

Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Protestants

Today, three in ten (30%) Americans are white Protestant. This is a considerable decline over the past couple of decades; in 1991, white Protestants represented half (50%) the public.15 Not only have white Protestants experienced a substantial decline as a proportion of the general population, they also represent a shrinking proportion of all Protestants. In 1991, 83% of all Protestants were white, compared to two-thirds (67%) today. One-third (33%) of all Protestants are now nonwhite.

However, the degree of racial and ethnic diversity among Protestants varies considerably between denominational families. More than nine in ten Lutherans (92%) and roughly eight in ten Methodists (83%), Presbyterians (83%), and Episcopalians (80%) are white, non-Hispanic. In contrast, fewer than six in ten (58%) Baptists are white, and a sizeable share of members are black (30%) or Hispanic (5%). Similarly, only half (50%) of Pentecostals are white, while one-quarter (25%) are Hispanic, and 17% are black. Protestants who belong to non-denominational Protestant churches are also somewhat diverse: Two-thirds (67%) are white, 13% are black, and 10% are Hispanic.

The Ethnic Transformation of the U.S. Catholic Church

For most of the past 25 years, American Catholics have been overwhelmingly white. In 1991, more than eight in ten (87%) U.S. Catholics were white, non-Hispanic.16 Today, 55% of Catholics identify as white, non-Hispanic, and more than one-third (36%) are Hispanic. Notably, much of the shift in the ethnic composition of the American Catholic community occurred over just the last couple of decades.

Generational differences in the ethnic and racial make-up of American Catholics also suggest that a substantial cultural shift is underway. Fewer than four in ten (36%) Catholics under the age of 30 are white, non-Hispanic, compared to a majority (52%) who are Hispanic. In contrast, more than three-quarters (76%) of Catholic seniors (age 65 or older) are white, while only 17% are Hispanic.

Demographic differences between Hispanic and white Catholics also suggest that the Hispanic Catholic community is poised to make further gains. First, Hispanic Catholics are nearly twice as likely as white Catholics to be parents of children under the age of 18 (30% vs. 16%, respectively). The discrepancy in parental status is driven largely by age differences between Hispanic Catholics and white Catholics. Second, Hispanic Catholics are more likely to have larger families: Close to three in ten (28%) Hispanic Catholic parents have at least three children under the age of 18 living at home, while 21% of white Catholic families report the same.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Craig234 said:

i need to correct, the figures in the OP are for White Christians. The corresponding numbers for White Protestants are 30% now, and 55% in 1976. To your question:

 

The Growth of Nonwhite Christians

Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Protestants

Today, three in ten (30%) Americans are white Protestant. This is a considerable decline over the past couple of decades; in 1991, white Protestants represented half (50%) the public.15 Not only have white Protestants experienced a substantial decline as a proportion of the general population, they also represent a shrinking proportion of all Protestants. In 1991, 83% of all Protestants were white, compared to two-thirds (67%) today. One-third (33%) of all Protestants are now nonwhite.

However, the degree of racial and ethnic diversity among Protestants varies considerably between denominational families. More than nine in ten Lutherans (92%) and roughly eight in ten Methodists (83%), Presbyterians (83%), and Episcopalians (80%) are white, non-Hispanic. In contrast, fewer than six in ten (58%) Baptists are white, and a sizeable share of members are black (30%) or Hispanic (5%). Similarly, only half (50%) of Pentecostals are white, while one-quarter (25%) are Hispanic, and 17% are black. Protestants who belong to non-denominational Protestant churches are also somewhat diverse: Two-thirds (67%) are white, 13% are black, and 10% are Hispanic.

The Ethnic Transformation of the U.S. Catholic Church

For most of the past 25 years, American Catholics have been overwhelmingly white. In 1991, more than eight in ten (87%) U.S. Catholics were white, non-Hispanic.16 Today, 55% of Catholics identify as white, non-Hispanic, and more than one-third (36%) are Hispanic. Notably, much of the shift in the ethnic composition of the American Catholic community occurred over just the last couple of decades.

Generational differences in the ethnic and racial make-up of American Catholics also suggest that a substantial cultural shift is underway. Fewer than four in ten (36%) Catholics under the age of 30 are white, non-Hispanic, compared to a majority (52%) who are Hispanic. In contrast, more than three-quarters (76%) of Catholic seniors (age 65 or older) are white, while only 17% are Hispanic.

Demographic differences between Hispanic and white Catholics also suggest that the Hispanic Catholic community is poised to make further gains. First, Hispanic Catholics are nearly twice as likely as white Catholics to be parents of children under the age of 18 (30% vs. 16%, respectively). The discrepancy in parental status is driven largely by age differences between Hispanic Catholics and white Catholics. Second, Hispanic Catholics are more likely to have larger families: Close to three in ten (28%) Hispanic Catholic parents have at least three children under the age of 18 living at home, while 21% of white Catholic families report the same.

 

 

 

Poor thing.

 

Does craigyshitstain REALLY think that ONLY "White Protestants" are voting for the REPUBLICANS???

 

You seem to have ONE MASSIVELY ILL MANNERED KIND OF BULLSHIT GOING ON THERE- as in some stereotype that is flawed and without any merit.

 

But keep posting your bullshit!!

 

I LOVE a good laugh daily!!

 

Keeps the blood pressure down.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Craig234 said:

Percent of Americans who are white protestants now: 43%

 

Percent of Americans who were white protestants in 1976: 81%

 

I think about the changing demographics as well, and the affect they'll have on our political atmosphere. From the looks of it, we'll be a pretty strongly liberal country in a couple of decades, maybe sooner. The non-religious population of the U.S. is growing faster than any religion ever did (if you don't count violent imposition of beliefs), and as the population shifts away more and more from religion, we'll start to see a lot of the religious-based conservative votes fade away.

 

Looking at the statistics, it's hard to imagine the country isn't headed towards a highly-liberal future. According to Pew research, most of Trump's voters were white, Christian, male, and/or did not achieve education beyond high school. The largest percentage of whites in the U.S. are Baby Boomers or older; younger generations are far more diverse, with neomillennials (those under the age of 7) being the first generation where whites are actually not the majority

 

Non-whites are typically more likely to vote blue than red, which means this may become a huge contributing factor to politics once neomillennials reach voting age. As of 2015, Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers, though Baby Boomers are more likely to vote than Millennials, so we'll probably start seeing much more of the shift in the coming elections.

 

Education also has a lot to do with it. Those who have achieved education beyond a high school degree are more likely to be liberal or liberal-leaning. Millennials are the most educated generation in the history of the United States, and I feel that trend will continue with the neomillennials as well.

 

Even in the generations preceding Millennials, many people are letting go of traditionally conservative views and embracing views that have been typically liberal—just look at how many people now support same-sex marriage. (Anecdotal though this is, my parents are fine examples: they're Republicans who were against same-sex marriage until probably 4-5 years ago when they *gasp* made friends with a lesbian couple. Now, my parents are mostly supportive of LGBTQ rights and strongly support same-sex marriage, even though they both still strongly identify as Republicans.)

 

I think the hurdle for liberals is—even though we're no longer outnumbered by conservatives—that liberal voters are much less likely to vote than conservative voters. If we can figure out why and resolve that issue, conservatives wouldn't have a chance in the polls (and no matter how hard they wish, 65M will always be a bigger number than 62M).

 

So basically, we're entering into a time where a lot of the white uneducated population is (to be morbid) starting to die out rather quickly, while a more diverse, more educated population is starting to take its place. Based on the evidence and statistics, it seems like it's only a matter of time before the country becomes a strong liberal majority.

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