texas

Texas Top 10

The Faith Profile of the state of Texas. 

As the buckle of the Bible belt, Texas reflects a very Christianized profile: Half of the state’s residents are born again (49%) and they tend to rank higher than other states in terms of religious activity, especially Bible reading, evangelism (or faith-sharing responsibilities) and Sunday school attendance. Overall, 89% of the state’s residents describe themselves as Christians, with Baptists being the most prominent slice of the population (21%).

Still, despite all this, the orthodoxy of their beliefs is generally average. Half of Texans believe that good works result in heaven and more than half contend that Satan is merely symbolic.

One-third of the practicing Christians who reside in Texas are Hispanics (32%), one of the top states in the nation in this regard. Christians in Texas are more likely than average to be part of the Buster generation (or Gen X, 37%, compared to 31% nationally). Those younger believers are trending toward identification with the Democratic Party over the GOP (45% versus 29%), while older Christians are more evenly divided (38% versus 35%). This portends significant shifts in the electorate in the Lone Star state over the next decade.

 

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89%
Identify as Christian
Above National Average
85%
21%
Identify as Baptist
Above National Average
18%
35%
Bible-minded
Above National Average
29%
25%
Attended Sunday school in the last 5 days
Above National Average
19%
50%
Agree that good works result in heaven
Below National Average
53%
56%
Believe that Satan is merely symbolic
Below National Average
57%
49%
Born again Christian
Above National Average
43%
39%
Feel responsible to evangelize others
Above National Average
32%
37%
Busters - % of practicing Christians
Above National Average
31%
32%
Hispanics - % of practicing Christians
Above National Average
13%