American Christians are twice as likely to blame poverty on laziness: study

A study conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Christians, particularly white Evangelical Christians, were significantly more likely than non-Christians to associate poverty with a poor work ethic.

In the study of 1,686 adults in the U.S., 46 percent of Christians said that a person’s poverty is generally due to lack of effort, compared to only 29 percent of non-Christians.

Among the Christians surveyed, 53 percent of white Evangelicals blamed poverty on laziness and 41 percent blamed unavoidable circumstances while 50 percent of Catholics blamed poverty on laziness and 45 percent on unavoidable circumstances.

In contrast, only 32 percent of black Christians blamed poverty on lack of effort and 64 percent blamed circumstances.

Among atheists, agnostics and the unaffiliated, only 31 percent said that poverty is due to laziness compared to 65 percent who blamed circumstances.

The divide was even more apparent between political parties, with 63 percent of Republicans blaming lack of effort and 32 percent blaming circumstances compared to  26 percent of Democrats blaming lack of effort and 72 percent blaming circumstances.

The study also found that Americans earning less than $50,000 a year were nearly twice as likely to associate poverty with laziness than those earning more than $100,000.

This makes sense given than most wealth is not obtained by work but rather by inheritance. I guess it takes one to know one.

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