Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19230
 
1Should public schools start their school day with a spoken prayer? A moment of silence for silent prayer? Or nothing at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Spoken Prayer36%36%36%39%31%40%36%19%64%**42%33%3%41%51%36%**6%1%
Silent Prayer38%33%42%32%41%40%37%51%21%**40%40%21%39%34%38%**40%21%
Nothing25%31%19%27%27%19%26%29%10%**17%24%75%19%14%24%**49%76%
Not Sure2%0%3%2%1%2%2%1%6%**2%2%1%1%1%3%**5%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
2Should public meetings of organizations like city councils begin with a spoken prayer? A moment of silence for silent prayer? Or nothing at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Spoken Prayer46%45%47%50%41%48%46%22%66%**54%43%2%59%55%40%**14%7%
Silent Prayer24%21%27%18%27%27%23%48%16%**25%28%13%21%25%28%**15%7%
Nothing28%33%24%30%31%23%30%29%13%**20%26%85%19%19%29%**66%86%
Not Sure1%1%2%2%1%2%1%1%5%**1%3%0%1%1%2%**5%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
3How about government meetings like the state legislature?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Spoken Prayer47%45%49%45%45%51%48%20%66%**56%40%2%56%57%47%**17%7%
Silent Prayer25%22%27%22%23%28%23%51%16%**24%32%15%24%25%26%**16%8%
Nothing27%32%22%27%32%20%27%29%16%**18%25%83%18%18%25%**61%85%
Not Sure2%1%3%5%0%1%2%0%1%**2%4%0%2%0%2%**6%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
4In a public meeting where the majority of citizens are Christian, but where some citizens are not, is it acceptable? Or unacceptable? for the prayer to mention Jesus?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Acceptable71%69%73%76%68%70%73%58%54%**77%75%30%75%74%81%**51%28%
Unacceptable22%24%21%21%23%22%21%26%45%**20%13%54%17%23%13%**34%64%
Not Sure6%7%6%3%8%7%6%16%1%**3%12%16%8%3%6%**15%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
5In a public meeting where the majority of citizens are Muslim, but where some citizens are not, is it acceptable? Or unacceptable for the prayer to mention Allah?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Acceptable34%37%31%47%27%30%33%49%39%**33%43%26%33%36%34%**34%30%
Unacceptable54%56%53%44%59%59%55%34%56%**56%45%59%55%56%51%**45%64%
Not Sure12%7%16%9%14%11%12%17%6%**11%12%15%12%9%14%**21%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
6Is a prayer less meaningful when it is not specific to a certain faith?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Yes25%26%24%29%20%28%23%28%35%**29%22%8%25%26%31%**18%11%
No49%50%48%51%54%42%51%59%25%**47%50%61%47%47%45%**68%55%
Not Sure26%24%27%20%26%30%26%13%40%**24%28%31%28%28%24%**13%35%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
7Is public prayer more for substance? Or more for show?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Substance63%57%68%60%59%71%62%47%82%**72%64%6%71%75%66%**42%0%
For Show30%37%22%36%33%19%30%51%13%**22%27%81%22%21%26%**52%76%
Not Sure7%5%9%4%8%10%7%2%5%**6%9%14%7%4%8%**5%24%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
8Would it be a good idea? Or a bad idea for public buildings like the state capital to have a prayer or meditation room?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Good Idea65%59%71%69%61%66%67%58%67%**74%54%31%78%63%67%**41%27%
Bad Idea29%35%22%31%31%23%27%35%32%**21%37%61%16%33%26%**52%63%
Not Sure6%6%7%0%8%11%6%6%1%**5%9%7%6%4%7%**7%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
9Would you be willing to listen to a public prayer in a religion other than your own?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRacePrayReligion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRegularlOccasionAlmost NProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Yes58%53%63%65%51%60%58%54%65%**61%62%37%59%78%50%**66%38%
No29%37%22%22%36%28%29%39%34%**25%29%59%26%17%34%**29%60%
Not Sure12%9%15%13%13%11%13%7%1%**14%9%4%15%5%17%**6%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%38%31%85%5%6%4%70%18%11%38%19%29%2%5%6%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.