Majority of Americans Want Prayer and Religious Celebrations in Public Schools and Think Judges are Anti-Religious
On February 13, 2011 At 12:02 pm
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A new Rasmussen survey reveals that 65% of Americans favor having prayer in public schools. Twenty-four percent (24%) are opposed, while 11% are not sure.
While the numbers have dropped somewhat from 80% to 73%, the majority of Americans say that religion is important in their lives. Tied to this importance of religion, Rasmussen also reports:
- 74% of adults say religious symbols like Christmas Nativity scenes, Hanukkah Menorahs and Muslim Crescents should be allowed on public land. Only 17% disagree and feel these symbols should not be allowed [December 2010 poll].
- 80% of American adults favor celebrating religious holidays in the public schools, which includes 43% who believe all religious holidays should be celebrated in the schools and 37% who think only some of those holidays should be recognized [December 2010].
- 60% of Americans believe that the federal government should recognize a national day of prayer [April 2010].
- 64% believe judges’ rulings have been more anti-religious than the Founding Fathers intended [April 2010].
- Americans have mixed reactions about how much influence religion should have in government.