Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Though a sizable number of voters view the religious faith of political candidates as important, they don’t want their local religious leaders telling them who to vote for.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 12% feel it’s appropriate for their local religious leader, such as a parish priest, minister, rabbi or imam, to suggest who they should vote for. Seventy-nine percent (79%) do not find such suggestions appropriate. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters see a political candidate’s religious faith as at least somewhat important in determining how they vote, while 53% do not see it as important. Those figures include 17% who say religious faith is a Very Important factor and 25% who say it's Not At All Important.
The latest results are nearly identical to those found just over one year ago.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 17-18, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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