It probably won’t come as a shock to most of our listeners, but a new survey by the Pew Research Center, How Americans Feel About Religious Groups, confirms that religious groups tend to be rated most favorably by their own members. However, the survey does have plenty of surprises. For example, racial and political demographics significantly influence which religions one feels warmly toward. And it would appear that when it comes to religious traditions, it’s unfamiliarity that seems to breed contempt. We’ll talk with Besheer Mohammed, research associate at the Pew Religion & Public Life Project.

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