Nearly a quarter (22%) of all white evangelical Protestants in the U.S. affirm three central QAnon beliefs, according to a report published by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on May 27.
PRRI’s survey presented respondents with the following three QAnon beliefs, asking them to note whether they completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree:
- The government, media and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.
- There is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders.
- Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.
Overall, 14% of U.S. adult respondents mostly or completely agree with these QAnon core tenets, compared to 46% who mostly disagree and 40% who completely disagree with these ideas.
White evangelical Protestants (22%) were the most likely religious group to mostly or completely agree with these beliefs, followed by Hispanic Protestants and Mormons (both at 21%).
All the other religious groups surveyed have 17% or fewer respondents who affirm these three ideas, with religiously unaffiliated (9%) and Jewish (2%) respondents having the lowest levels of affirmation.
White evangelicals Protestants also had the fewest number of respondents (21%) who completely disagree with these core QAnon beliefs, followed by Mormons (24%) and other Protestants of color (29%).
All other groups had 30% or more of the respondents who completely disagree, with Jewish (60%) and religiously unaffiliated (57%) respondents having the highest levels of complete disagreement.
The margin of error is plus-or-minus 1.5%.