"2013 Religious Affiliation of Hispanics" graphic courtesy of Pew Research Center.

“2013 Religious Affiliation of Hispanics” graphic courtesy of Pew Research Center

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RELATED: More U.S. Latinos shift and drift outside the Catholic Church

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior and views on social issues. It finds that, beyond the church doors in the lives of the faithful, there are distinct differences between Hispanic evangelicals and Hispanic Catholics:

Catholics are less likely than evangelicals to:

  • Attend services weekly — Catholic, 40 percent; evangelical, 71 percent
  • Pray daily — Catholic, 61 percent; evangelical, 84 percent
  • Take a literal view of the Bible — Catholic, 45 percent; evangelical, 63 percent
  • Think abortion should be illegal in all/most cases — Catholic, 54 percent; evangelical, 70 percent
  • Believe people can be possessed by spirits — Catholic, 56 percent; evangelical, 80 percent
  • Identify or lean Republican — Catholic, 21 percent; evangelical, 30 percent

And evangelicals are less likely than Catholics to:

  • Favor allowing same-sex marriage — evangelical, 19 percent; Catholic, 49 percent
  • Pray to saints — evangelical, 9 percent; Catholic, 70 percent
  • Prefer a bigger government with more services — evangelical, 62 percent; Catholic, 72 percent
  • Favor church leaders speaking out on political, social issues — Catholic, 69 percent; evangelical, 61 percent

Hispanic Catholics are also at odds with their church on several key points of doctrine and tradition. They say the church should allow:

  • Catholics to use birth control — 72 percent
  • Catholics to divorce — 64 percent
  • Priests to get married — 59 percent
  • Women to become priests — 55 percent



  1. CarrotCakeMan

    Other polls show a much higher percentage of Hispanic Americans support marriage equality for LGBT Americans:

    “Nearly two out of three Latino Catholics think gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry, a new survey shows.

    The findings from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed more than 1,500 Latino adults across the country, reveal the sometimes surprising ways that faith shapes opinions about same sex marriage and abortion among Latinos as they become more religiously diverse.

    Among Latinos, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, the survey showed. More than half of Latino Catholics, for instance, said someone could disagree with church teachings on homosexuality and still be a good Catholic.”


    • CarrotCakeMan

      Other Hispanic countries demonstrate a high level of support for LGBT citizens:

      “The view that homosexuality should be accepted by society is prevalent in most of the European Union countries surveyed. About three-quarters or more in Spain (88%) […]”

      “Opinions about homosexuality are also positive in [the] parts of Latin America [that Pew polled]. In Argentina, the first country in the region to legalize gay marriage in 2010, about three-quarters (74%) say homosexuality should be accepted, as do clear majorities in Chile (68%), Mexico (61%) and Brazil (60%); about half of Venezuelans (51%) also express acceptance.”

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