More See 'Too Much' Religious Talk by Politicians

Mar 21, 2012

The public is uneasy about the mixing of religion and politics. The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since the Pew Research Center began asking the question more than a decade ago.

Nearly four-in-ten Americans (38%) now say there has been too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders, while 30% say there has been too little. The percentage saying there is too much expression of religious faith by politicians has increased across party lines, but this view remains far more widespread among Democrats than Republicans.

Slightly more than half of the public (54%) says that churches should keep out of politics, compared with 40% who say religious institutions should express their views on social and political matters.

Among Republicans, there is a divide among supporters of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum on these questions. Most Romney backers say churches should keep out of politics, and just a quarter of them believe there is too little expression of religious faith and prayer by political leaders. By contrast, a majority of Santorum supporters say churches should express their views on social and political issues, and that there is too little expression of faith by politicians.

Read the full report, More See "Too Much" Religious Talk by Politicians,

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