by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 1/5/17.
America’s got problems and needs to talk.
But few Americans agree on who can best lead a conversation about the nation’s woes, according to a new report from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
Less than a quarter (23 percent) would turn to the office of the U.S. president. About 1 in 10 would turn to the nation’s preachers (11 percent) or to college professors (10 percent).
Among other findings:
- Southerners are more likely to look to the president (25 percent) than those in the Midwest (18 percent).
- Those in the Northeast choose the media (11 percent) more than those in the South (5 percent).
- Younger Americans—those 18 to 34—look to the media (12 percent) more than those 65 and older (3 percent).
- African-Americans are the most likely ethnic group to choose local pastors (21 percent) and the president (37 percent).
- Hispanic Americans are the least likely ethnic group to choose the media (3 percent).
- Christians are more likely to look to pastors (16 percent) than those from other faiths (1 percent) or Nones—those with no religious preference—(2 percent).
- Christians (7 percent) are less likely to look to professors than those from other faiths (18 percent) or Nones (15 percent).
- Americans with evangelical beliefs have faith in pastors (36 percent) but little faith in the media (3 percent) or professors (3 percent) to guide such conversations.