Source: Pew Research Center
The First Amendment to the Constitution states that the United States shall have no official religion. Nevertheless, Christians make up a large majority of the population, and the role of Christianity in the nation’s identity continues to be a frequent topic of debate.
Some Americans long for a more avowedly religious and explicitly Christian country, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. For instance, three-in-ten U.S. adults say public school teachers should be allowed to lead students in Christian prayers, 19% say the federal government should stop enforcing the separation of church and state, and 18% say the Constitution was inspired by God. Moreover, 15% say the federal government should declare the U.S. a Christian nation.
But the clear majority of Americans do not accept these views. Two-thirds of U.S. adults say the Constitution was written by humans and reflects their vision (67%), and a similar share say the government should never declare any official religion (69%).