According to the poll, released Monday, 72 percent of Americans think there isn’t enough religion in life. That’s up five percent from 2010. Most Americans also see that as bad.
Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). The share who say there has been “too little” expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders is up modestly over the same period (from 37% to 41%). And a growing minority of Americans (32%) think churches should endorse candidates for political office, though most continue to oppose such direct involvement by churches in electoral politics.
The poll also found that just less than half of Americans (49 percent) approve of same-sex marriage and 41 percent are opposed. That’s a five percent drop in approval from February.
Only 30 percent of respondents think President Obama is friendly toward religion. Fifty-nine percent think Congress should have strong religious beliefs.
Fifty percent of respondents feel that homosexuality is a sin. Just 45 percent felt that way a year ago. Forty-seven percent think businesses should be able to deny service to LGBT people; however, a full 65 percent feel that gays and lesbians face a lot of discrimination.
Only 50 percent of Americans feel Hispanics are discriminated against. Fifty-four percent believe African-Americans face discrimination, and 59 percent think Muslims do.
Almost everyone, whether religious or not, thinks that their own beliefs are being discriminated against.