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Majority of Americans Polled Think That the U.S. Constitution Created a 'Christian Nation'

church and stateThe First Amendment Center published the results of its 2010 survey of 1003 adult Americans and found that 53% of them agreed with the statement, "The U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation."  The survey compared 2008 survey results with 2010 statistics and found:

2008 2010
Strongly Agree 36% 38%
Mildly Agree 19% 15%
Mildly Disagree 15% 15%
Strongly Disagree 24% 26%
Did Not Know or Did Not Answer 7% 6%

Source: First Amendment Center (full survey – PDF). (Note: One of the 2008 percentages may be off by 1% since the tally is 101%, but we did not change the original data to make the numbers add up.)

Only 26% strongly disagreed that the Constitution created a "Christian nation." The survey did not reveal why some "mildly" disagreed with the statement.

Ironically, 66% felt that the First Amendment created a clear separation of church and state. Further reading: Majority of Americans support expressions of faith in the public.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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