Non-Catholics less likely to believe Columbus discovered America

Catholics are more likely to credit Christopher Columbus with discovering America than are other U. S. citizens. Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports:

Eighty-seven percent of Roman Catholics credit Christopher Columbus with discovering America, according to a 2010 survey. But while majorities in other religious categories agree, it’s by smaller margins, especially among people of non-Christian religions and no religion.

Columbus, of course, was Catholic, and he even has a well-known Knights fraternity named for him. Maybe that helps with name recognition.

Have a look at the graph, too.

Comments (2)

In answer to the journalist's own question: is there no end to questions that people will slice along religious lines? My thought: this is too complex a question that touches on history, culture, ethnicity, and regional variation to so casually chuck Roman Catholics under the bus, even if it is popular to do so.

Chris, I suspect that the good Catholic folks at CARA might take issue with your characterization of their actions.

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