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65% of Americans Favor Prayer in Public Schools

The debate rages as it has for decades whether there really is a constitutionally mandated separation of church and state, but most Americans don’t seem to mind mixing prayer and public education.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults favor prayer in public schools. Twenty-four percent (24%) are opposed, while 11% are not sure.  These findings show little change from late April of last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But then 73% of adults say religious faith is at least somewhat important in their daily life, although that's down from 80% in April 2010. The new finding includes 54% who say it’s Very Important.  Twenty-three percent (23%) say religious faith is not very or not at all important in their day-to-day lives.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Americans say they pray at least once every day, and that includes 29% who pray several times a day. Fifteen percent (15%) say they rarely or never pray. That's comparable to earlier findings. 

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 The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 3-4, 2011 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. 

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