Poll watcher: More Americans spurn faith talk by politicians


In general, Americans continue to think the nation has gone too far in keeping religion and government separate than mixing them together (36 vs. 25 percent), according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week. Those results are comparable to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in 1994, though fewer expressed concern that religion and politics were mixing too much. Americans are more wary of religion’s influence on politicians themselves: 63 percent continue to say political leaders should not rely on their religious beliefs in making policy decisions.


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Both the Post-ABC and Pew polls were conducted among random national samples of adults using landline and cell phones. Information about Pew’s methodology can be found here.

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Scott Clement is a survey research analyst for The Washington Post. Scott specializes in public opinion about politics, election campaigns and public policy.

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