A new poll shows that more than half of Americans believe Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis deserved to go to jail over refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to the poll conducted by The Huffington Post and YouGov, 56 percent of Americans agree with a federal judge’s decision to jail Davis for contempt of court. Thirty-one percent disagree with the decision.
In terms of political ideology, nearly three out of four Democrats — 72 percent — support the decision to jail Davis. Fifty percent of Independents also backed the decision, with 32 percent disagreeing. Republicans are even on the issue, with 42 percent agreeing that Davis should have been jailed and 42 percent saying she should have not.
The majority of those polled — 53 percent — also said that religious liberty is under attack in the U.S.
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Of Republicans, 81 percent believe that religious liberty is being threatened, with 55 percent of Independents agreeing with the sentiment. Only 33 percent of Democrats felt that individual religious beliefs were under attack.
Sixty-five percent of people polled say that Davis should resign from her post once she returns to work on Sept. 11 or Sept. 14, while 23 percent say Davis should stick to her original beliefs and refuse to grant licenses to same-sex couples.
In a similar survey from Rasmussen Reports, only 26 percent of likely U.S. voters think an elected government employee should be able to ignore a federal court ruling that he or she disagrees with based on religious beliefs. Of those polled, 66 percent felt that the employee should follow the law, no matter what.