Politically Conservative Practicing Christians.
Would it surprise you to know Las Vegas, NV has the highest concentration of practicing Christians who are politically conservative? It’s true—while the U.S. average is 42%, 64% of practicing Christians living in Las Vegas consider themselves to be politically conservative. That’s 1.5 times greater than the national norm and seven percent-points higher than the second ranked city in this category, Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, IL.
As a part of our regular national tracking studies, Barna: Cities asks the question, “When it comes to political and social issues, do you consider yourself to be mostly conservative, mostly liberal, or somewhere in-between?” Based on these results we have created a list of the top 5 and bottom 5 cities based on the concentration of practicing Christians who are politically conservative.
Ranked at number two on this list, fifty-seven percent (57%) of practicing Christians living in Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, IL market are politically conservative. Salt Lake City, UT and Greensboro-H Point-West, NC make their way into the top four list with 55% (each) of their practicing Christians self-identifying as politically conservative. And rounding out the top five is Springfield, MO at 54%.
Four of the bottom six cities in this category come from the New England area, a region of the country known for taking a more liberal position on many issues. The same goes for San Francisco, which also shows up in the bottom six. The final market in the bottom six is El Paso, TX-Las Cruces, NM.
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