(RNS) — Relating to politics, there are few issues Democrats and Republicans agree on.
One exception: Making America formally a Christian nation can be unconstitutional.
That’s true even for Individuals who would love the nation to be Christian.
Seventy p.c of Individuals agreed the U.S. Structure wouldn’t enable “the U.S. authorities to declare the US a Christian nation,” based on the College of Maryland’s Crucial Points Ballot. That features 81% of Democrats, 73% of Independents, and 57% of Republicans.
Slightly below two-thirds (62%) of Individuals mentioned they opposed the concept of the U.S. formally turning into a Christian nation. That features 83% of Democrats, 64% of Independents, and 39% of Republicans.
Sixty-one p.c of Republicans mentioned they favor “the US formally declaring the US to be a Christian nation.”
“Our new College of Maryland Crucial Points Ballot means that declaring the US a Christian nation is a message that may very well be broadly embraced by Republicans within the midterms and 2024 presidential race,” wrote College of Maryland professors Stella Rouse and Shibley Telhami in an op-ed for Politico. “However our findings additionally see limits to its enchantment — and over the long-term, Christian nationalism may very well be a political loser.”
The questions on Christian nationalism — the concept that Christianity is a vital a part of American identification and that Christians ought to run the nation — have been half of a bigger ballot of two,091 individuals performed Could 6–16, 2022. The ballot has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.14%.
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Pollsters additionally seemed on the methods faith and politics affected views on Christian nationalism in a number of totally different non secular traditions. Baptists have been cut up, with 46% p.c saying that declaring the US a Christian nation was constitutional and 54% saying it was not.
Catholics (69%), non-Christians (85%) and different Christians (69%) have been extra more likely to say that declaring the U.S. a Christian nation was not allowed below the Structure.
Baptists (67%) and different Christians (52%) have been extra more likely to favor declaring the U.S. a Christian nation than Catholics (40%) or non-Christians (11%). In each group, Republicans have been extra more likely to be in favor of declaring the U.S. a Christian nation than Democrats.
Evangelical or born-again Christians — a class that crossed denominational strains, mentioned Telhami — have been probably to assist the concept of the U.S. turning into an formally Christian nation. Amongst Republicans, greater than three-fourths (78%) of those that recognized as evangelical or born-again favored declaring the US formally Christian. Amongst Democrats, 52% of those that establish as evangelical or born once more agreed.
Assist for Christian nationalism is in style amongst older American Christians and will strengthen the Republican base, wrote Rouse and Telhami.
“Nevertheless, this technique could also be short-sighted,” they wrote for Politico. “As our findings show, there may be robust opposition to declaring the U.S. a Christian nation amongst youthful Individuals, and even youthful Republicans. For that purpose, the GOP could need to tread rigorously or threat alienating rising generations.”
American Christianity has declined in recent times, from 78% in 2007 to 63% in 2020, based on Pew Analysis, whereas a couple of third of Individuals now declare no non secular affiliation. Latest projections by Pew Analysis discovered the U.S. may lose its Christian majority by 2070.
A 2021 Pew Analysis survey discovered that 69% p.c of Individuals mentioned the federal authorities “ought to by no means declare any faith because the official faith of the U.S.” Fifteen p.c mentioned the federal government ought to declare the U.S. a Christian nation.
Solely 13% of Individuals mentioned the federal authorities ought to advocate for Christian values, whereas 63% mentioned the federal government ought to advocate for values shared by folks of many religions.
About one in 5 Individuals (18%) mentioned the Structure was divinely impressed. Three in 10 mentioned public faculty lecturers must be allowed to wish with college students.
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