Pew Asks: Is President Obama Anti-Religion?

Despite what you may have been hearing from the right, the majority of Americans don’t perceive President Obama as hostile toward religion. At least, that’s what a new poll from Pew Research suggests:

Opinions about whether the Obama administration is friendly toward religion have shifted modestly since 2009. Currently, 39% say the administration is friendly to religion, 32% say it is neutral and 23% say it is unfriendly. The balance of opinion was comparable in August 2009, although somewhat fewer (17%) said the administration was unfriendly to religion.

However, there has been a noticeable shift in opinions among white Catholics, perhaps reflecting effects from the controversy over the administration’s policies on contraception coverage. The percentage of white Catholics who say the administration is unfriendly to religion has nearly doubled — from 17% to 31% — since 2009.

There are some other interesting results, too — 54% believe the GOP is friendly to religion, and only 35% say that about the Democratic Party. But 51% also believe that religious conservatives have too much control over the GOP. Only 41% believe that secular liberals have too much control over the Democrats. Not only that, but 46% of Democrats, 42% of Independents, and even 24% of Republicans say they’re uncomfortable with the amount of current religious talk from politicians.

So even while the Republicans are perceived as defenders of religious values, about half of Americans think they’re a little too defensive – even a quarter of Republicans themselves. This is good news – it goes to show that the backlash against President Obama’s contraceptive policy is not widespread among most voters.

There’s a lot to this study – too much to break down in a single blog post. This study explores the theme of religion in politics in much more detail, comparing attitudes to past years, so you can see the changes over time. It’s fascinating stuff. You can find out more about Pew’s findings on their website.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

Who cares if a leader is religious. As long as someone is fair and moral THAT is what really matters. So judge him based on his loyalty to truth and what is right and just, not based on whether or not he accepts any number of imaginary beings as his drive to make decisions

glenda b.
glenda b4 years ago

What the hell is the difference...Men who don't give a dam except to have wars and not care about the planet or its people and yet go to church.....And I'm not talking about some country across the oceans...

William Y.
William Y4 years ago

@ Carol D. In regard to to your points on various religions, you are correct in most of what you say except that you apparently assume all Muslims are Al-Quaida types, which they are not.
There are good and bad in all faiths. Whether the country was formed on Christian principles is irrelevant. All faiths are accepted. All are tolerated, none are professed, as per the 1st amendment. This was a country formed on religious freedom, freedom of and from religion. How is Obama promoting Islam?

Anne Cole
.4 years ago

Carol D, you just got an F in US history. Read the Treaty of Tripoli, or just search and the pertinent section will come up. The president and 100% of congress, signed and stated that we are not a christian country.

Besides, that would be silly, as there is no god. It would be like saying we are a nation founded on the tooth fairy. The founding fathers were Deists - look it up.

Then find a nice policeman and ask him to take you home.

Carol Dreeszen
Carol Dreeszen4 years ago

In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court said, "We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.

The question isn't - Was America founded on Christian principles? The question is - what world view has given birth to and sustained America? The answer to that question is simple: Christianity.

Still not satisfied? More Information -

Carol Dreeszen
Carol Dreeszen4 years ago

Rediscovering American History

Was America founded on Christian principles?

If you don't know where you've come from, it's pretty hard to determine where you're going.

The history of America is an awesome drama. Our nation is no accident. For hundreds of years, the dream of liberty was carried across European history to be birthed on these shores, and biblical truth, biblical thinking, played a pivotal role in the birthing of America.

But was America founded on Christian principles? Just read the first words of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

From the beginning, America's founders accepted the reality that basic rights were inseparable from human beings and they recognized that those inalienable rights were not given by government nor acquired by force, but that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the gifts of the Creator.

In 1844, the Court said, "Christianity is part of our common law."

In 1892, the Supreme Court said this: "No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national because this is a religious people. This is historically true."

In 1930, the U.S. Supreme Court said this: "We are a Christian people, according to our motto."

In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court said, "We are a religio

Anne Cole
.4 years ago

Someone's left the door to the asylum open.

Carol Dreeszen
Carol Dreeszen4 years ago

Santorum does not want to impose his religious beliefs on anyone...he wants to get this country back to the Christian principles that this country was founded on and get back to the basics and the morals and the integrity that this country once had!! We lead by example and if we have a leader that is a farce and says one thing but yet does another that shows very poor quality IMO of a leader.......that is the present leader we have!!! Proclaims to be Christian and yet promotes Islam!! He is very anti Christian!

Carol Dreeszen
Carol Dreeszen4 years ago

Colleen..Christians believe in their own Religion...WHY would they want to believe in more than one Religion!? I am Catholic and I believe in my own Religion...WHY would I want to believe in the Jewish faith or the Lutheran faith or the Baptist faith if I am happy with my faith!? Who is crying that they are allowed to make fun of us!? As long as one is happy and content with their own faith there should be no problem unless of course you are a Muslim and you can't get one to change to Islam....then they and you will have a problem! As in you may be dead if you don't subscribe to it! And as far as Christians hating Jews with a passion..IF that is the case then they are not true Christians!!!! Myself I have never met anyone who hates Jews...except for on Care2!!! But no one personally! ..Thank God! And I have also never heard any Christians calling Catholicism a panganistic Mary worshipping cult...there again if this is what they believe then they are not true Christians! There are fakes in everything in this world today! Either you believe or you don't and if you do believe IMO you respect the other faiths of other people and if you don't then one can not claim themselves to be Christians!!

patrica and edw jones

Obama is definitely against Christianity - after hearing him praising the virtues of ISLAM - that heious cult - and MOCKING the Bible, his speech dripping with sarcasm about Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount.............anyone that thinks otherwise should check out just what he said. I have no doubt that he is Muslim, born and bred. Christians and Jews beware!!!!!!!!!