Poll: 1 in 3 Americans Favor Christianity as Official US State Religion
A newly-released poll has revealed that more than a third of Americans favor declaring Christianity the official state religion of the United States.
The Huffington Post/YouGov poll surveyed 1,000 American adults regarding their opinions about the relationship between Christianity and the US government and Constitution. Fully 34 percent of respondents said they favor making Christianity the US state religion, while 47 percent said they oppose doing so. Twenty percent strongly favor establishing Christianity as the official US religion.
Nearly as many respondents– 32 percent– favor a constitutional amendment establishing Christianity as the official US state religion, while 52 percent oppose such a measure. Despite the significant percentage of Americans who want to enshrine Christianity as their national faith, only 11 percent said they believe states are constitutionally permitted to establish a state religion. Fifty-eight percent correctly said that the constitution forbids such a move.
Broken down by political affiliation, more than half– 54 percent– of Republicans favored declaring Christianity as the official US religion. Twenty-eight percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats favor such a move.
When asked if government has gone too far in keeping religion and government separate, 37 percent of poll respondents said ‘yes.’ Twenty-nine percent said the US has gone too far in mixing religion and government. Seventeen percent believe the government has “struck a good balance in terms of the separation of church and state.”
The release of the new poll comes just days after North Carolina state lawmakers introduced a resolution that would allow the state to declare an official religion. The measure died on Thursday when state House Speaker Thom Tillis’s office announced it would not proceed to a vote.
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