Are More Latinos Seeing The Light?
Studies show that an increase in Hispanic members of evangelical Protestant churches also results in the decline of Catholicism.
A drastic 16 percent decrease in Catholic identification has a once 69 percent of Catholic Hispanics now at 53 percent.
Simultaneously, Protestant affiliations have 13 percent; a six percent increase from childhood to adulthood. The number of religiously unaffiliated Latinos has also increased to 12 percent. All of which results in a significantly altered religious preference of today's Hispanic Americans.
"The rise of religiously unaffiliated Hispanics is critically important for understanding the changing composition and political profile of Hispanics in America," said CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, Dr. Robert P. Jones.
He went on to say, "Many pundits have argued that evangelical growth will lead to a conservative shift among Hispanics over time."
The majority of religiously unaffiliated individuals voted for Obama, and Evangelicals voted for Romney in 2012.
While they may be shying away from Catholicism, the opinion and impression of Pope Francis is much higher than that of the church.
Do you see this new religious shift as politically significant?