Interesting polling report from Pew Research Center on people's impression of mixing politics and religion: http://pewforum.org/publications/surveys/religion-politics-06.pdf Some of the results are surprising. 69% feel liberals have gone too far in keeping religion out of school and government, including 60% of Democrats. 49% feel Christian conservatives have gone too far in trying to impose religious values on the country, including 31% of Republicans. The totals add up to more than 100% because some people believe both have gone too far (me for example) and some believe neither have gone too far. In spite of the high number of people believing liberals have gone too far to resist religion, 67% of people see the US as a Christian nation - down from the 71% in 2005, but up from the 60% of 1996. Only 26% of people (and 40% of Democrats) see the Democratic Party as friendly to religion. That's a problem for Democrats, especially considering the polarization within their own party. - 45% of Democrats see religious influence increasing with twice as many of those Dems seeing that as a bad thing than good thing. - 43% of Democrats see religious influence decreasing with nearly four times as many of those Dems seeing that as a bad thing. In other words, people's perception of whether influence is increasing or decreasing probably depends more on their fears than reality - something that's sometimes harder to fight than a real problem. On the other hand, only 47% of people see the Republican Party as friendly to religion. That's down 8% from a year ago. Who's opinion has changed? White evangelicals (dropped from 63% to 49%) and Catholics (55% to 41%). Once again, you have a conflict - Republicans pay more attention to conservative religious groups, but the groups notice broken promises more (or does it just look like Republicans pay more attention to someone in the 10% who sees the influence of the Conservative Christian movement as a bad thing). 44% of people have a favorable view of the Christian conservative movement to only 36% with an unfavorable view, however, that includes evangelical Christians (71% approval rate). The only other group with a favorable view of the Christian conservative movement is people with a high school education or less (52%-25%). Catholics are split 39%-38% between favorable and unfavorable.