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A majority (67%) of self-identified Christians in the U.S. affirm that “historically, the United States has been a Christian country,” according to a Barna Group report published June 30.

This is a four-point increase from 2019, when 63% affirmed this view.

In 2021, 33% of self-identified Christians say they “strongly agree” and 34% that they “somewhat agree” with this statement, while 23% are “neutral,” 6% “somewhat disagree” and 4% “strongly disagree.”

By comparison, among all U.S. adults, 26% strongly agree, 30% somewhat agree, 29% are neutral, 7% somewhat disagree and 8% strongly disagree.

Presented with the statement, “historically, the United States has been blessed by God,” a majority (66%) of self-identified Christians agree (38% strongly; 28% somewhat), while 42% affirmed the statement, “historically, the United States has been chosen by God” (24% strongly; 18% somewhat).

This is a four-point and three-point overall increase, respectively, from 2019.

Among all U.S. adults, 51% agree that the nation has been blessed by God (28% strongly; 23% somewhat), and 32% agree it has been chosen by God (18% strongly; 14% somewhat).

Republicans (75%) are far more likely than Democrats (52%) to affirm that the U.S. has been a Christian nation.

GOP-affiliated respondents were also more likely to agree that the U.S. has been blessed by God (65%) and chosen by God (43%), compared to Democrats (48% and 29%, respectively).

The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2%.

The full report is available here.

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