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Voters Think Religious Institutions Have a Place in Politics

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

President Donald Trump this week signed an executive order that seeks to overturn the Johnson Amendment barring tax-exempt organizations like churches from participating in politics or political campaigns. Many worry this blurs the line between church and state, but most voters feel churches and other similar organizations should have a proverbial seat at the political table.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 39% of Likely U.S. Voters think tax-exempt religious institutions like churches should be banned from political speech and activities, as is current law. Fifty-two percent (52%), though, disagree. (To see question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on May 7-8, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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