People who do not know atheists or Muslims rate these groups on the colder side of the scale, but those who do know someone who is an atheist or a Muslim rate these groups on the warmer side of 50. adults know someone who is Jewish, atheist, a mainline Protestant or an evangelical Christian.A large majority of Americans (86%) say they personally know someone who is Catholic, and three-quarters say they know someone who does not believe in or practice any religion. Comparatively, seven-in-ten Americans said they knew an evangelical Christian in June 2014.While Americans still feel coolest toward Muslims and atheists, mean ratings for these two groups increased from a somewhat chilly 40 and 41 degrees, respectively, to more neutral ratings of 48 and 50.Jews and Catholics continue to be among the groups that receive the warmest ratings – even warmer than in 2014.
9 to 23, 2017, on Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel. While for the most part Jews and Christians tend to rate each other warmly, atheists and evangelicals continue to view each other in a negative light. adults (49%) rate Catholics at 67 degrees or higher.
Republicans and those who lean Republican, meanwhile, rate Muslims at a much cooler 39 degrees, though this is up 6 degrees from 2014.
Similarly, Democrats rate atheists at 57, compared with a cooler rating of 43 toward atheists among Republicans.
Religious groups’ views of each other range fairly widely.
For the most part, Christians – including Protestants and Catholics – tend to rate other Christian groups in the warmer half of the thermometer.
On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago.