Most American churchgoers are hearing about the issue of war with Iraq at their places of worship. But most say their ministers are not taking a position for or against the war, and relatively few people say their own views on the issue are being shaped by religious leaders or their own religious beliefs, unlike the relatively large percentage who report this about social and moral issues like gay marriage, abortion, or the death penalty. Just one-in-ten Americans cite their religious beliefs as the strongest influence in their thinking about the war.
For more details, read the newly-released survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Available below as a PDF file (15 pages, 174 Ko), for reading online or download.AMERICANS HEARING ABOUT IRAQ FROM THE PULPIT, BUT RELIGIOUS FAITH NOT DEFINING OPINIONS (Pew, 2003)