Survey Finds Most Americans Believe Religion is ‘Fundamental’ to One’s Identity

Most Americans back religious freedom as they agree that religion is a “fundamental part” of people, a recent survey by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty found.

Sixty percent of Americans said that “religion, for some people, is a fundamental part of ‘who I am’ and should be protected accordingly.”

A majority of the 1,000 respondents across the United States also agreed that religious freedom and exercise are inherently public and extend to school, work, social media and other places. Generation Z and black respondents supported this belief most strongly, the survey found.

“Data from the Index and additional questions show support for the idea that religion is part of an individual’s identity, not just a hobby or a weekend activity,” the survey noted.

Most Americans said that even when accommodating religion in the workplace causes an inconvenience or imposition for others, religious freedom should win out.

Overall, the survey found that support for religious freedom decreased slightly from the previous year. On a scale of 0 to 100 (100 being robust support), this year’s index score is 66, down from 67. More specifically, the score for religious pluralism (basic rights to hold beliefs and live out the basic tenets of that religion in their daily life) went down from 80 to 77; for religion sharing (free to share their beliefs with others) the score decreased from 71 to 69; and for church and state (boundaries of interactions between government and religion), the score is 56, down two points from last year.

The only area that didn’t see a fall in support was religion in action (being free to practice beliefs beyond the walls of homes or places of worship) with a score of 65.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott

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