Poll shows Southern Baptists' reputation is suffering

Poll shows Southern Baptists' reputation is suffering

December 11th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

A statue of Billy Graham stands outside the Southern Baptist Convention's Nashville headquarters.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

POLL: Do you have a favorable view of Southern Baptists?

Americans like Southern Baptists more than Mormons and Muslims but less than Methodists, according to a poll released this week seeking to gauge public perception of Southern Baptists.

Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, asked for the poll after launching a task force this year to consider changing the denomination's name. That group asked denomination-affiliated LifeWay Research to poll public opinion about the denomination.

Researchers discovered 62 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Methodists, while only 53 percent have a favorable view of Southern Baptists. About 40 percent of Americans have a negative impression of Southern Baptists, the lowest rating among traditional denominations.

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