More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics
A new survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that Americans have had a change of heart about the wisdom of mixing religion and politics. Based on findings from the survey, the report, More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics, found that a narrow majority of the public believes churches and other houses of worship should stay out of political matters and not express their views on social and political matters, whereas a decade ago the majority of Americans voiced support for religious groups and congregations speaking out on such issues. The survey also found that growing resistance to the idea of faith-based groups assuming a more active role in politics comes primarily from Republicans and social conservatives. As a result, the sharp divide between Republicans and Democrats that previously existed on the issue have almost completely disappeared.