Americans Oppose Pulpit Politicking, Poll Finds

A nationwide poll released in August shows strong opposition to church-based electioneering.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life poll revealed that 65 percent of Americans oppose church endorsement of political candidates, 69 percent think it is improper for political parties to ask congregations for their membership lists and 64 percent oppose the idea of Catholic bishops denying communion to politicians who fail to support church teachings on abortion and related issues.

“Americans clearly do not want houses of worship to become pawns in the game of partisan politics,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, in a press statement. “The message should be clear: keep partisan politics out of the sanctuary.”

The poll, conducted by telephone Aug. 5-10, interviewed 1,512 adults across the country.