A Gallup survey shows that mainline Protestant denominations, such as the Episcopalians, are very accepting of abortion, sex outside of marriage, and gay and lesbian relationships. However, the survey also found that Southern Baptists, non-denominational churches, and Pentecostal churches are far less accepting of those practices than their mainline Protestant relatives.
Every year since 2001 Gallup has polled adults nationwide on “values and beliefs.” The latest results are from aggregated data of those annual surveys (2001-2017), which looked at the acceptance of moral issues by Protestant denomination.
The numbers represent the percent from each denomination that found the topic or practice “morally acceptable.”
For instance, with Episcopalians, 57% say abortion is “morally acceptable”; 71% say sex between an unmarried man and woman is morally acceptable; and 71% say gay and lesbian relationships are morally acceptable. Also, 59% of Episcopalians say the death penalty is acceptable. The numbers were similar for Presbyterians, Lutherans and Methodists.
Methodists, however, were a bit less accepting of abortion (46%) and gay and lesbian relations (56%) than the Episcopalienas.
On the other side of the Protestant coin, so to speak, Baptists, Southern Baptists, non-denominational Christians, and Pentecostals revealed more conservative leanings.