Americans Reject Pulpit Politicking, New Poll Shows

Americans overwhelmingly oppose their leaders mixing partisan politics and religion, a new poll shows.

A survey released in November by Fox 5 (a Washington, D.C., television station), The Washington Times and Rasmussen Reports, revealed that only a small percentage find electioneering appropriate at houses of worship. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said that it is wrong for candidates to campaign at religious services.

Moreover, 70 percent told the pollsters that they did not want their priest, minister, rabbi or imam to “suggest” whom to vote for, The Washington Times reported.

The survey fits with years of polling that shows large numbers of Americans are against politicking in their houses of worship.

The poll also showed that televangelist Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani’s run for the White House “could hurt more than help,” The Times noted. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said Robertson’s thumbs-up for Giuliani made them less likely to support the former New York mayor’s presidential bid. Only 6 percent said the televangelist’s endorsement was likely to move them into Giuliani’s corner.