For the first time since 2001, a plurality Americans say there is too much religious talk from politicians, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The poll showed 38 percent of Americans saying there was too much religious expression from politicians, compared to 30 percent who said there was too little. Twenty-five percent said the current level of religious rhetoric was the right amount.
Asked whether churches should be involved in politics, a majority of Americans (54 percent) said they should stay out. Forty percent said it was fine for churches to express political and social views.
Overall, a distinctive split appeared between Democrats and Republicans on the question of religion entering the political realm. More Democrats (46 percent) than Republicans (24 percent) said there was too much religious talk from politicians, though the number for both groups has increased since 2010.
When it comes to Republicans, a split emerged between supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Fifty-seven percent of Romney supporters said churches should stay out of politics, compared to 60 percent of Santorum backers who said churches should express political views.
The poll released Wednesday showed Catholics -- a key voting bloc in the upcoming general election -- increasing say the presidential administration of President Barack Obama in unfriendly to religion. Twenty-three percent held that view in 2012, compared to 17 percent in 2010.
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