Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Survey shows rise in belief that marriage is a religious institution

Trenton, N.J., Jan 8, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view.

Rasmussen Reports’ Dec. 22 national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters found that a majority – 53 percent of respondents – said marriage is a religious institution. This is an increase from 48 percent in October. Another 40 percent saw marriage as a civil institution, down from 45 percent in October.

About 77 percent of respondents said they are married or have been at some point in their lives. This correlated to their views of the institution.

About 57 percent of ever-married respondents said marriage is a religious institution, while the never-married tended to see it as a civil institution.

A large majority of Republicans and a small majority of unaffiliated voters said marriage is a religious institution, while a small majority of Democrats said it is civil in nature. Men and respondents over 40 were more likely to say marriage is religious.

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