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Study: Evangelicals care more about healthcare, economy than religious liberty, abortion

Evangelical Americans are more likely to care about healthcare and economic issues than they are about issues like religious liberty and abortion, a new poll found.

A Lifeway Research poll released this month asked both self-identified evangelicals and respondents with evangelical beliefs to identify their top three public policy concerns.

The top answer for both groups was “healthcare” at 51 percent, followed by “the economy” at 49 percent for self-identified and 46 percent for those with evangelical beliefs.

Forty percent of those with evangelical beliefs said that “national security” was a main concern, while 43 percent of those who self-identified as evangelical said the same. “Immigration” was named as a concern for 41 percent of self-identified evangelicals and 39 percent of those with evangelical beliefs.

Only 33 percent of both groups said “religious liberty” was an important political issue. “Abortion” was named as important by 28 percent of self-identified evangelicals and 29 percent of those with evangelical beliefs.