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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