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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

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Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable.

Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished even more compared with four years ago. In February 2002 — less than six months after the terrorist attacks of September 11 — the country was evenly divided in its impression of Islam.

The polls also asked whether people of faith were discriminated against in the US, to which 48% said yes, up from 36% the previous year. There was a dead heat (46% to 46%) on whether teaching the Bible in public schools is a violation of the Constitution.

Information is split into various links:

Bible: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/CBSNews_polls/apra-bib.pdf

Islam: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/12/national/main1494697.shtml

Other faiths: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/CBSNews_polls/islam_041206.pdf

Summary: http://www.pollingreport.com/religion.htm (scroll down to CBS News Poll April 6-9, 2006)