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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:45 PM

AP Poll: Voters open to candidates who aren't very religious

By DAVID CRARY
Sep. 11, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) ó Religionís role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Just 25 percent of Americans say itís very or extremely important that a candidate has strong religious beliefs, according to the poll. Only 19 percent consider it very or extremely important that a candidate shares their own beliefs, and nearly half say thatís not very important or not important at all.

Still, most Americans see a role for religion in shaping public policy. A solid majority of Americans, 57 percent, want the influence of religion on government policy to extend beyond traditional culture war issues and into policies addressing poverty. Americans are more likely to say religion should have at least some influence on poverty than on abortion (45 percent) or LGBT issues (34 percent).

There is little public support for the campaign by some conservative religious leaders, backed by President Donald Trump, to allow clergy and religious organizations to endorse political candidates while retaining their tax exempt status. Such a change is opposed by 53 percent of Americans and supported by 13 percent. The rest expressed no opinion.



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Weird change in tone about halfway through the article -- less reportage, more cheerleading for a bigger role for religion in politics. No thanks.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:03 PM

1. How strange that Americans are losing interest in candidates who engage

in magical thinking, and whose belief system is based on Bronze-age make believe.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:08 PM

2. I prefer candidates from the reality-based community, thank you very much!

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:15 PM

3. I think Trump is a big part of this

It has to be obvious to all but the most zealous that Trumpís religious beliefs are bullshit.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:26 PM

4. And it's about time n/t

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