A poll released Jan. 28 found overwhelming support for public high school football coaches leading their student players in a Christian prayer.
According to the fourth annual survey of sports and religion by the Public Religion Research Institute, 73 percent of Americans support coaches leading kids in Christian prayers, while 24 percent do not.
When broken down in religious sects, 93 percent of white evangelical Protestants support the coach-led Christian prayers. Of Catholics, 80 percent agreed, while non-white Protestants were at 77 percent and white mainline Protestants came in at 76 percent.
While most Americans have favorable opinions about coaches leading students in Christian prayers, their feelings about Muslims are not as positive.
According to a Pew Research Center poll released on Feb. 3, 49 percent of Americans believe at least some Muslims in the U.S. are anti-American.
Of those polled, 14 percent believe about half of the Muslims in America are anti-American, while 11 percent say that “most” or “almost all” Muslims in the U.S. oppose their country.