POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:09am
Survey finds shift away from the Catholic Church. Roger Gray reports.
(KXAN) A new survey of the Hispanic community produced some surprises.
Religious affiliations are changing, and that can influence politics.
The Public Religion Research institute conducted their annual Hispanic Values survey last month, and the results are all over the map.
First of all, the Latino community is leaving the Catholic Church.
"We found that 69% of Hispanics living in the US were raised Catholic or raised in Catholic households," says Dan Cox of the Institute. "But currently, only a slim majority around 53%, currently identify as Catholic. So that's a 16% drop, which is pretty significant. We're also seeing gains spread out between unaffiliated with a 7-point gain over that time period, and a 6-point gain among evangelical protestants."
This change in religious affiliation has political consequences as well.
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