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Many Americans have a positive view of the church but want it to stay out of politics

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New research by Pew reveals that many Americans have a positive view of the role played by the church in society, but less so when it comes to the nation’s political life.

Over half surveyed (55%) were positive about the role of religious institutions in American life, saying that they believe “churches and religious organizations do more good than harm in American society”.

Only a quarter (24%) said they do more harm than good. 

The favourable view extended to religious figures, with nearly two thirds (65%) saying that religious leaders in general have high or very high ethical standards

But these positive perceptions waned when it came to the role of religious institutions in political life. 

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Nearly two thirds (63%) said that churches and other houses of worship “should keep out of political matters”.  Only around a third (36%) say they should express their views on day-to-day social and political questions.

Three-quarters were opposed to churches coming out in favour of a particular candidate during the elections. 

This finding is “in contrast with efforts by President Trump to roll back existing legal limits on houses of worship endorsing candidates”, Pew said. 

Over a third of Americans (37%) said that churches and other places of worship had too much influence in politics, compared to 28% who said they had too little.  Around a third (34%) said that their influence was about right. 

Furthermore, over three quarters (78%) of the respondents said they believed that religion is losing its influence in America today.  Those surveyed were far more likely to feel sad about this decline (42%) than feel good about it (17%) or say that it makes no difference (19%). 

Commenting on the findings, Pew said: “While some say this is a good thing, many more view it as a negative development, reflecting the broad tendency of Americans to see religion as a positive force in society.

“At the same time, U.S. adults are resoundingly clear in their belief that religious institutions should stay out of politics.”

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/many-americans-have-a-positive-view-of-the-church-but-want-it-to-stay-out-of-politics/133762.htm

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