Poll: Black Women Most Religious Group in America

Roughly 74 percent of Black women say that living a religious life is important to them. 

Posted: 07/09/2012 04:55 PM EDT
Black women most religious group in America.

Black women are among the most religious demographic group in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post.


The survey also showed Black men consider themselves to be religious by close to the percentage of Black women. Still, the survey indicated that there are sharp divisions between how white and Black respondents view themselves in terms of their religious leanings.


The report indicated that 74 percent of Black women and 70 percent of Black men consider “living a religious life” to be very important. The number falls to 57 percent for white women and 43 percent for white men.


The survey also indicated that 87 percent of Black women said they turn to their religion in times of stress, compared with 66 percent of white women surveyed. Roughly 70 percent of Black men said they had similar views, compared with 51 percent of white men.


The results show that, while white evangelicals have received a great deal of attention for their religious fervor, particularly in this election year, Black women have been holding their own in terms of their spiritual beliefs.

One expert attributed the religious views of Black women by explaining that “black women have been the most mistreated and scandalized in United States society.”


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