A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center has found that the majority of Americans want religion to stay away from politics.
While the majority of Americans report believing in some religion or another, it seems they do not want their religious leaders mingling in politics. The results of the survey, which was conducted in March and April, were posted on Friday.
Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults reportedly that religious institutions should "keep out" of political matters. Seventy-six percent of adults say religious institutions should not endorse political candidates.
Thirty-seven percent of adults think that religious groups already have too much political influence.
This comes at a time when Christian politicians in the United States have been regularly trying to undermine the separation of church and state.
Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults said that religious organizations do more good than harm generally. It would seem that sexual abuse scandals have not done too much harm to the authority of the church. Sixty-five percent of adults believe that religious leaders have "high/very high ethical standards."
That sixty-five percent must have a really low bar for what qualifies as "high/very high ethical standards."
So while the majority of Americans still think religion is good in general, thankfully the majority want it separated from politics. That is good news, now if only politicians cared.
Unsurprisingly, there were some notable differences between those who identify as Republican and those who identify as Democrat.
Seventy-one percent of Republicans think religion does more good than harm in society, while only forty-four percent of Democrats said the same.
While both parties were close on the statement "Religion is losing influence in American life," with eighty-three percent of Republicans and seventy-four percent of Democrats agreeing, they were sharply divided on whether that was a bad thing. Sixty-three percent of Republicans said it was a bad thing while only twenty-seven percent of Democrats agreed.
Seven percent of Republicans said it was a good thing while twenty-five percent of Democrats thought it was good.
The main positive thing that I take away from these results is that the American people for the most part do believe in the inherit value of separating church and state. That is something we really need to uphold. Now if only they can vote for candidates who agree, instead of some of the theocratic lunatics we currently have in office.