A recent Pew Research Center survey found that more Americans view the Supreme Court as ‘friendly’ toward religion and that LGBTQ Americans reported harm to their communities following recent Supreme Court decisions.
The survey results come as the Supreme Court prepares to decide on a Colorado website designer’s argument that her beliefs should allow her to discriminate against gay couples as clients for potential wedding website services on religious grounds.
Over the last term, the Supreme Court has also made high-profile decisions where religion helped shape the social conversation surrounding them, including the Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson overturning Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional right to abortion.
Pew Research Center analysts report that more than a third of Adults in the U.S. now see the supreme court as “friendly toward religion,” a 17 percent spike from two early 2019 surveys that found just 18 percent of Americans viewing the high court as friendly toward religion.
Pew broke down their findings by faith, with almost three-quarters of those identifying as atheists saying the Supreme court is friendly to religion at 74 percent, up 31 percent from 2019.
Jewish adults and those religiously unaffiliated both hovered just above 50 percent with just 27 percent of Christians viewing the Supreme Court as friendly to religion.
Political parties saw a large divide in their view of the Supreme Court’s friendliness to religion, with about half of Democrats and left-leaning independents versus only 18 percent of Republicans viewing the high court as friendly towards religion. Those who reported experience in higher education were also more likely to see a friendliness to religion within the Court than those with less education.
The survey also found that the same amount of Americans (about 40 percent) feel the Supreme Court has either helped or not made a difference for Christian interests.
The survey also looked at those who believed the lesbian, gay, or bisexual communities were harmed by decisions made by Supreme Court justicies. Pew found that about 15 percent of people believed Supreme Court decisions have hurt this community, whereas 69 percent of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual feel their community has been hurt by recent decisions.
The survey figures above were originally published in a research report centered on christian nationalism. The full report, titled ‘45% of Americans Say U.S. Should Be a Christian Nation,’ can be read here. Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan research organization that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research and other data-driven research.