Christian religion is becoming more popular than ever in the United States, as well as in many other countries.
And while the term “Christian” has gained in popularity over the past couple of decades, it has also gained in importance as a religion, and is increasingly seen as a major driver of religious change in America.
Many Americans believe that religion has a role in shaping public policy and shaping how people think about their place in the world.
The Pew Research Center reports that nearly four in 10 Americans (38%) believe religion has been a significant influence on how Americans live their lives.
And more than six in 10 (63%) believe it is a major force in shaping how Americans vote.
In fact, in 2016, religious beliefs accounted for nearly half (47%) of Americans’ overall religious orientation, and more than one in four (36%) said they have no religion.
This religious and political orientation is increasingly important to the American public.
Pew’s 2016 Religion & Public Life survey found that more than half (56%) of religious Americans say religion has influenced their views of government.
And just over four in ten (42%) say religion is a powerful influence in shaping their views about their country.
But it’s not just religious people who are feeling more and more confident about their religious identity and influence in society.
Across the board, the American religious landscape is becoming increasingly liberal.
According to Pew, Americans are more likely to describe themselves as “liberal” (51%) and more likely than not to say that religion is an important part of their lives (43%).
And a plurality of Americans (48%) say that the way that people live their religion should be based on their own beliefs.
More than four in five (59%) American Christians are also more likely today to say religion should influence the way they think about politics and the world, compared to just over half of the public overall.
The American public is also more confident that religion will be a major influence in the political arena (46%), and more willing to accept the notion that religion should play a significant role in deciding who is allowed to serve in the U.S. Congress (46%).
This trend toward religious acceptance is not unique to the U., either.
A recent Pew survey of Americans also found that nearly three in 10 believe that religious people should be allowed to participate in the presidential election, with a similar share saying they would prefer that it be open to all faiths.
In 2017, Gallup also asked Americans whether they thought it would be good for America if religion had a prominent role in the American political system.
A majority (53%) of U. S. adults said yes, while only 37% said no.
The poll also found a significant gap between religious and nonreligious Americans.
Nearly three in five self-identified religious Americans (73%) said that religion would be an important factor in the election, while just under half (46%) of nonreligious respondents (51%).
A recent poll from Pew found that 57% of Americans believed that the U, as a country, was headed in the right direction when it came to being more religious.
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Pew Research found that the political and religious orientations of Americans have grown steadily since 2010, when Pew asked the same question about the U in 2014.
This has coincided with an increasing level of religiosity in the general population, and a decline in the share of Americans who say they are “very religious.”
In fact and by historical trends, religious Americans are now about three times as likely to say they believe in God as are nonreligious people.
However, while religious Americans may be more willing than other groups to admit to being a part of the American polity, their views on this matter have become more conservative in recent years.
In the 2016 Pew survey, 37% of religiously unaffiliated Americans said that they believe religion plays a major role in their political and cultural beliefs.
By contrast, just 23% of religious respondents said the same about the Democratic Party.
And a majority (56% of nonbelievers) said they are more supportive of religious institutions than they are of political institutions.
Pew also asked about religious Americans’ views on abortion, the family, and gay marriage.
A plurality (47% of American religiously unaffluent people) said that religious Americans oppose abortion and that they oppose same-sex marriage.
The public’s attitudes about these issues are not a reflection of just how religious Americans perceive themselves or their religious values, however.
The 2016 Pew Survey also found there is a sizable divide in the ways Americans see the importance of religion and the role that religion plays.
In general, Americans express more favorable views of religion than do religious nonbeliefs.
While a plurality (46% of all religiously unafflicting Americans)