The first amendment to the United States Constitution states that there must be no official religion in the country. At the same time, Christians still make up the overwhelming majority of the adult population in the United States - despite the incipient decline in recent years - and historians, politicians, and religious leaders continue to debate the role of religion in the Christian worldview in American history.
Some Americans are clearly aspiring to a more overtly religious and Christian country, according to a 2021 Pew Research Center poll. For example, three out of ten say public school teachers should be allowed to teach Christian prayer to their students, even though the Supreme Court ruled it as unconstitutional. Roughly one in five says the federal government should end the forced separation of church and local government (19%) and that the US Constitution was inspired by God (18%). About 15% go as far as saying that the federal government should declare the United States a Christian nation.
On the other hand, the vast majority of Americans do not share these views. For example, two-thirds of the US adult population (67%) say that the Constitution was written by people and reflects their vision, which was not necessarily inspired from above. And the same share (69%) says that the government should not declare any religion official. At the same time, Republicans and GOP supporters are far more likely than Democrats and Democratic supporters to want to consolidate Christianity's official place in national identity. There is, however, an exception: many blacks and Hispanics - groups that strongly support Democrats - are highly religious Christians, and on some issues are as likely, if not more likely, to say they see a special connection as white Americans are, if not more likely. between Christianity and America.