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The Religions Americans Warm Up To

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:18:52 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Which religions do Americans feel most warmly about?

Using a scoring system with zero being the coldest and 100 the warmest, a Pew Research survey lumps three very close together. Among 3,217 randomly selected adults, Jews ranked number one with an overall score of 63, followed by Roman Catholics with 62 and evangelicals right behind at 61.

Other religions aren't quite as warmly received in the Pew poll. For instance, Hindus and Mormons scored 50 and 48, respectively.

Interestingly, atheists outpaced Muslims, 41 to 40.

Pew also found that Americans of a particular faith tend to be most accepting of those sharing the same religion.

For instance, Catholics give themselves a score of 80, while evangelical Christians gave their fellow evangelicals a 79.

Outside their faith, white evangelicals feel most warmly about Jews, with a score of 69, while Jews only rated evangelicals a 34.

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