As part of a backlash against what some have called “the devaluing of America,” more Americans support churches having a greater role in political and cultural issues. In a new survey published on Monday, Pew Research found that 49 percent of Americans “say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues.” This is an increase from 43 percent in 2010. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) think religion has less influence on society, an increase of five percent since 2010. Pew found that 54 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are supportive of churches […]
Even among those who claim no particular religious affiliation in an earlier Pew Forum survey, roughly 80 percent still believe in God or a universal spirit, and a majority describe themselves as “religious” or “spiritual.”
When faced with a black-and-white choice, the majority of Americans favor keeping abortion legal, but otherwise largely support specific laws limiting the procedure, according to two polls released this month.