National surveys show strong consensus among Unitarian Universalists on immigration and overwhelming preference for Democratic Party.
Surprise! Unitarian Universalists actually agree quite a bit when it comes to their views on immigration and their political party affiliation.
Two new reports show just how strong a consensus exists among self-identified UUs. In February, the Pew Research Center highlighted the political preferences of the religious groups it studied in its 2014 Religious Landscape Survey of 35,000 U.S. adults. Pew found that 84 percent of self-identified UUs lean toward or identify with the Democratic Party, while 14 percent lean toward or identify with the Republican Party. Only two religious groups, both historically black churches, lean even more Democratic. (Notably, Mormons—the most strongly Republican-aligned religious group in the U.S.—are more likely to be Democrats than Unitarian Universalists are to be Republicans.)
And a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute identifies Unitarian Universalists as the most solidly pro-immigrant and pro-immigration reform religious movement in the United States, with 81 percent affirming that immigrants strengthen American society. (Fifty percent of Americans overall hold that view, while 34 percent of Americans—but only 5 percent of UUs—say that immigrants threaten traditional American customs and values.) PRRI surveyed 42,000 U.S. adults for its 2015 American Values Atlas.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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