Americans Support Separation, Oppose Clergy Politicking

A majority of Americans believe it is important that the nation maintain the separation of church and state, a new poll indicates.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans said maintaining separation of church and state is important. Another 19 percent said it is of medium importance. Only 18 percent said it is not important.

The poll, conducted by Zogby International for The Interfaith Alliance, also showed that a large majority of Americans oppose pulpit-based politicking. Asked if religious leaders should endorse candidates from the pulpit or in their official capacities as clergy, 76 percent said no. Eighteen percent supported church-based politicking.

The poll was conducted in mid February among 1,209 adults. It has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.