Most Evangelicals Long for a 'Different America,' Says Barna Group Study

A majority of evangelicals say that the United States is headed in the wrong direction, as 93 percent of them expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the nation in a new survey conducted by Barna Group.

From all registered voters, about 72 percent thought that the country is witnessing a downfall, but more liberals than non-liberals were satisfied with the path the country is on.

Segregating the results on the basis of political ideology, 87 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of moderates said the US is headed in the wrong direction.

But only 45 percent of liberals shared this belief. A majority of them (55 percent) said that the nation is going in the right direction.

When divided by faith, non-evangelical born-again Christians followed evangelicals closely with 80 percent in agreement with their evangelical counterparts.

About 72 percent of notional Christians, 59 percent non-Christians, and 63 percent of the skeptics believed that US was on the wrong track.

Church attendance did not seem to influence Christians' view of the nation. As many as 70 percent of both churched and unchurched Christians were dismal about US' state of affairs.

Another area surveyed by Barna Group was popularity of two major-party candidates contesting in US elections.

Hillary Clinton performed slightly better than Donald Trump, with 38 percent of surveyed participants supporting her and 60 percent disapproving.

Trump received 29 percent favorable and 60 percent unfavorable reviews.

About 31 percent of evangelicals saw Trump in a positive light, and 17 percent held Clinton in high esteem. Non-evangelical born again adults (31 percent vs. 34 percent) and notional Christians (34 percent vs. 38 percent) had similar opinion about Trump and Clinton.

Non-Christians perceived Clinton more favourably (43 percent) than Trump (20 percent).

"Voters are perhaps as upset with themselves as they are with the system and its inhabitants," said George Barna, the founder of Barna Group.

"They know something substantial must be done, but either they don't know what that prescription is or they don't have the courage to pursue it. The prevailing sentiment is that we are beyond the point of tinkering. Whether people like Donald Trump or not, and whether or not they embrace his proposed solutions, many resonate with the sense that America has lost its mojo. And they realize restoring it at this point will be much harder than simply maintaining it might have been."