A new poll by Gallup claims that 32 percent of American voters are non-religious. This means that nearly a third of all American voters are secular voters. It does not however mean that they are atheists. Still, it is an encouraging number for atheists who wish to protect the secularism of our nation.
Gallup determined their number by asking participants two important questions. They asked about the importance of religion in their live and how often they attend church services. While the frequency of church attendance doesn’t seem very telling, the importance of religion in their lives certainly is.
The fact that nearly a third of Americans don’t consider religion to be important in their lives combined with the numbers from a recent Pew Research Survey showing that 38 percent of Americans think that there is too much religion in politics should give politicians pause before inserting their religious faith into public policies. It should certainly cause politicians to think twice about using their faith to justify public policies.
It just might be that religious language in politics has become a turn off to a significant number of votes in America. Hopefully, Gallup or Pew will start asking voters if public expressions of faith make them more or less likely to vote for a particular candidate. Perhaps they could get more specific and also ask if public expressions of a different faith make them more or less likely to vote for a particular candidate.
With nearly a third of Americans admitting that religion doesn’t play an important role in their lives, perhaps politicians will start to realize that faith and politics just don’t mix and that people might actually be turned off by public expressions of faith. Who knows, they might even start discussing real issues.
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