Lieberman and Bush religiosity is a minor factor among voters, poll indicates

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2003

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The religiosity of Orthodox Jewish candidate Joseph Lieberman and born-again Protestant George W. Bush won't have much effect on 2004 voters, if a Quinnipiac University poll is any indication.

Most respondents (85 percent) said Lieberman's religion will make no difference in whether to vote for him, while 6 percent said it makes support more likely and 6 percent, less likely. For Bush the comparable figures were 69 percent, 18 percent and 11 percent.

The poll showed support for public religious expression.

Forty-three percent of respondents said they'd like religious and spiritual values to have greater influence in politics and public life, as opposed to 22 percent favoring less influence.

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

Asked about religion in their personal lives, 57 percent said it's ''very important'' and 24 percent 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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