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View Diary: Is There a Christian Nationalist Majority in America? (167 comments)

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  •  If it wasn't clear (0+ / 0-)

    I expect a question about America being a Christian nation that doesn't mention the Constitution polling at over 60% and a question asking whether the Constitution makes America a Christian nation to poll somewhat lower than that.

    •  know of any actual polling? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd be most interested in anything reasonably legit.

      •  Here's an older report (8+ / 0-)

        From Pew:

        Americans overwhelmingly consider the U.S. a Christian nation: Two-in-three (67%) characterize the country this way, down just slightly from 71% in March 2005.1 A decade ago, Americans were somewhat less likely to tie the nation’s identity to Christianity. In 1996, 60% considered the U.S. a Christian nation. By 2002, however, the figure had climbed to 67%, and since then views on this question have remained fairly consistent.

        Seculars are the only subgroup in which fewer than a majority sees the U.S. as a Christian country, although even among seculars nearly half (48%) view the U.S. this way. More whites than blacks characterize the United States as a Christian country (by 70% to 58%), and people ages 50 and older are more likely to express this view than are younger people (by 74% to 63%). Opinions also differ along party lines, with more Republicans (76%) than either Democrats (63%) or independents (67%) viewing the U.S. a Christian nation.

        There's a lot of room for interpretation, but I suspect that even if you got the majority of people to agree that the government is officially secular, they would still feel that there is an indispensably Christian dimension to American culture which has had an overall net positive effect on the nation's history.

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