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Poll Finds Indifference to 2 Hopefuls' Faiths

June 21, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

HAMDEN, Conn. — The religion of neither Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew, nor President Bush, a born-again Protestant, will have much effect on voters in the 2004 election, according to a nationwide poll by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Most respondents, 85%, said Lieberman's religion would make no difference in voting decisions in his run for the White House. Six percent said Lieberman's religion would make support more likely, and 6% said less likely. For Bush the comparable figures were 69%, 18% and 11%.

Forty-three percent of those polled said they would like religious and spiritual values to have greater influence in politics and public life, as opposed to 22% favoring less influence.

Similarly, there was heavy support for "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance (89%), organized prayer in public schools (69%) and federal aid to religious historic landmarks (70%).

Asked about religion in their personal lives, 57% said it's "very important" and 24% said "fairly important."

The nationwide survey of 1,015 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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