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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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.