A March (1994) poll for U.S. News and World Reports April 11 issue found that 93% of Americans say they believe in God or a universal spirit. Of those polled, 65% say religion is losing its influence on American life, although 62% say religion is increasing its influence in their personal lives. Other findings:
|We have to keep the church and state completely separate|
|There is no one set of values that is right|
|The president should be a moral and spiritual leader|
|Our government would be better if policies were more directed by moral values|
|Individual freedom is critical to democracy in this country.|
|God is the moral guiding force of American democracy|
Nearly 60% of Americans say they hold their current religious beliefs because of their parents example. More than 8 of every 10 Americans today believe that its possible to be a good Christian or Jew even without attending a church or synagogue.