The Christian Post website reports today (August 24, 2010) that two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) currently say that religion is losing its influence in American life, up from 59 percent who said the same in July 2006, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center.
When it comes to the involvement of churches and other houses of worship in political matters, a narrow majority of Americans (52 percent) say houses of worship should keep out of political matters.
Meanwhile, 43 percent say houses of worship should express their views on day-to-day social and political questions.
More than half of every major religious group opposes endorsement by houses of worship of specific candidates for public office.
Pew's latest study -- based on a national sample of 3,003 adults living in the United States -- was conducted from July 21 to August 5, 2010.