How do American people-of-faith feel about American people-of-different-faith?
The Pew Forum has a new polling report on this question. It seems Catholics have a slightly higher view of Jews than vice versa, while white evangelicals' view of Jews is much higher than Jews' view of evangelicals. White mainline Protestants have moderately positive views of Jews, Catholics, and evangelicals, while the opposite is....
Huh, okay. The opposite is not a question included in the poll:
Pew didn't ask people (pdf) how they felt about mainline Protestants, by that name or any other. The only Christian groups asked about were Catholics and evangelical Christians. The Protestant respondents are split into three groups—white evangelical, white mainline, black Protestant. But only evangelicals (of whatever color) merited an actual question. Why?
Yes, the word "mainline" itself implies this sort of assumed cultural dominance. I'm among those who persist in using the word not out of enthusiasm for it but simply for lack of a good alternative. But I can't see the nomenclature itself being the issue here; Pew could have asked about progressive Protestants or liberal Protestants or whatever.