Religious talk by politicians: a touchstone issue dividing America

If you’re looking for a single issue that can reliably separate the supporters of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Pres. Barack Obama, here’s the question to ask: Do political leaders talk too much about religious faith or prayer?

A new survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that an increasing number of voters feel they are getting too much religious talk from politicians. Furthermore, the survey also illustrates that asking voters their feelings about how political leaders treat faith and prayer creates a stark dividing line that clearly separates the respective voting bases of the three most prominent presidential candidates.

By way of illustration, consider the portion of each voting base that says, yes, political leaders do talk too much about religious faith or prayer: 33 percent of Romney supporters feel that way, 16 percent of Santorum’s base and 52 percent of Obama-friendly voters.

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