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Should the United States be a Christian nation? 

Below are 17 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 2 types:

[ Advocate or Defend? | Christian Nation? ]

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Category 1:Advocate or Defend?
 

Should the government advocate or defend Christian values and symbols?

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Q30B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q30 How comfortable would you feel talking about religion with... b. your co-workers (if applicable) (Q30B)
TOTAL%
1) Very comfortable49732.2
2) Somewhat comfortable55335.8
3) Somewhat uncomfortable28418.4
4) Not at all comfortable20913.5
TOTAL1543100.0


Q39E from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q39 To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should..e. Defend Christian values (Q39E)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree44426.6
2) Agree54632.7
3) Disagree23514.1
4) Strongly disagree35921.5
5) Undecided885.3
TOTAL1672100.0


Q39L from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q39 To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should..l. Allow the display of religious symbols in public spaces (Q39L)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree50229.8
2) Agree62537.1
3) Disagree20612.2
4) Strongly disagree23413.9
5) Undecided1187.0
TOTAL1685100.0


ADVOCHR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q37e. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should advocate Christian values? (ADVOCHR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree30318.9
2) Disagree29818.6
3) Agree53333.2
4) Strongly agree34821.7
8) Undecided1227.6
Missing44 
TOTAL1,604100.0


DISPREL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q37l. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should allow the display of religious symbols in public spaces? (DISPREL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1438.9
2) Disagree26116.2
3) Agree63839.7
4) Strongly agree46128.7
8) Undecided1056.5
Missing40 
TOTAL1,608100.0


PBDPST10 from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2005

Now, please also tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements: Government officials should be allowed to post the Ten Commandments inside public buildings when they are displayed as one document among many historical documents. (PBDPST10)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree66666.4
2) Mildly agree18618.5
3) Mildly disagree363.6
4) Strongly disagree939.3
9) Dont know/Refused222.2
TOTAL1003100.0


FRREL1 from State of the First Amendment Survey 1997

Im going to read you some ways people might exercise their First Amendment right of freedom of religion. For each, tell me if you agree or disagree that someone should be free to do it. People should be allowed to display religious symbols on government property. Do you agree or disagree that people should be free to do this? PROBE: do you strongly or mildly (agree/disagree)? (FRREL1)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree28427.7
2) Mildly agree20119.6
3) Mildly disagree20419.9
4) Strongly disagree29228.5
9) Dont know/Refused444.3
TOTAL1025100.0


SUPRELIG from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

[ASK FORM 2 ONLY:] As I read some issues the Supreme Court may rule on over the coming years, please tell me how important each issue is to you personally. Are court decisions on whether to allow religious displays on government property very important, fairly important, not too important, or not at all important to you? (SUPRELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Very important72654.9
2) Fairly important33024.9
3) Not too important14611.0
4) Not at all important1037.8
9) Dont know/Refused181.4
Missing1,372 
TOTAL1,323100.0


TENCOMM from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

Do you believe that it is proper or improper for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in a government building? (TENCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Proper2,40572.0
2) Improper78023.4
9) Dont know/Refused1534.6
TOTAL3,338100.0


JWCHRSCH from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with the following statement? - The government should require that Judeo-Christian values be emphasized in public schools. (JWCHRSCH)
TOTAL%
1) Agree98129.2
2) Disagree1,91456.9
8) Dont know46813.9
TOTAL3363100.0


CHSTSEP from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

Which of these statements comes closest to your opinion? The government should take special steps to protect the Judeo-Christian heritage, or There should be a high wall of separation between church and state. (CHSTSEP)
TOTAL%
1) Protect heritage99929.7
2) Wall of separation1,86755.5
6) Neither20.1
8) Dont know49314.7
TOTAL3361100.0



Category 2:Christian Nation?
 

Should the government (federal/state) declare/pass legislation that the United States a Christian nation?

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CHRNATN from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q37b. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should declare the United States a Christian nation? (CHRNATN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree53133.1
2) Disagree49831.0
3) Agree25015.6
4) Strongly agree18011.2
8) Undecided1459.0
Missing44 
TOTAL1,604100.0


CHRSTLAW from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

(chrstlaw_w2) R:6. Christian morality should be the law of the land, even though not all Americans are Christians. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (CHRSTLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1264.8
2) Agree71927.6
3) Undecided/DK [INTERVIEWER: DO NOT READ]251.0
4) Disagree1,14644.0
5) Strongly disagree56021.5
666) Invalid skip230.9
888) Refused50.2
TOTAL2604100.0


CHRISTCO from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1994

For each of the following questions, would you tell me whether you agree or disagree: The United States is a Christian country, and the government should make laws to keep it that way. (CHRISTCO)
TOTAL%
1) Agree38747.4
2) Disagree38246.8
3) Dont know/No answer485.9
TOTAL817100.0


USCHRIS from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree? -- We should pass a constitutional amendment declaring the United States is a Christian nation. (USCHRIS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree436.6
2) Agree12519.2
3) Neither6810.4
4) Disagree27141.6
5) Strongly disagree12318.9
6) Dont know/No answer213.2
TOTAL651100.0


CHRISTCO from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1994

For each of the following questions, would you tell me whether you agree or disagree: The United States is a Christian country, and the government should make laws to keep it that way. (CHRISTCO)
TOTAL%
1) Agree13432.0
2) Disagree25961.8
3) Dont know/No answer266.2
TOTAL419100.0


XIANLAWS from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996

Do you think that Christian morality should be the law of the land, even though not all Americans are Christians, or not? (XIANLAWS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,04840.5
2) No1,31550.8
3) DK1626.3
4) Refused652.5
TOTAL2590100.0




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