Pew Research Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Churches Have a Positive Impact on Society, But Want Them to ‘Keep Out of Political Matters’

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While a majority of United States citizens view religious bodies as having a positive impact on society, they nevertheless believe that they should not take part in politics, according to Pew Research Center.

In a report published last Friday, Pew found that 63 percent of respondents wanted religious groups to “keep out of political matters” and 76 percent opposed churches endorsing political candidates.

The report also found that while 28 percent of respondents felt churches did not have enough influence on politics, 37 percent felt they had too much, and 34 percent felt they had “about the right amount of influence in politics.”

Pew drew their data from a survey conducted online March 18-April 1 with a nationally representative sample of 6,364 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percent.

The report also found that 55 percent of respondents believed that religion did “more good than harm” to society, versus 20 percent who believed it did “more harm than good.”

“On balance, U.S. adults have a favorable view about the role religious institutions play in American life more broadly – beyond politics,” explained Pew.

“Likewise, there are far more U.S. adults who say that religious organizations strengthen morality in society and mostly bring people together than there are who say that religious organizations weaken morality and mostly push people apart.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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