http://www.usatoday.com/news/religio...ndidates_N.htmFour in 10 Americans believe that religious leaders should be permitted to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without risking their organization's tax-exempt status, a new survey by the First Amendment Center shows.
Twenty-two percent of respondents "strongly" agreed and 18% "mildly" agreed that religious leaders should be able to make such endorsements, which are currently prohibited by IRS regulations.
In comparison, 39% strongly disagreed, 15% mildly disagreed and 6% didn't know or refused to answer.
The finding was based on a new question in the Washington-based center's annual "State of the First Amendment" national survey.
When asked to name specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, just 15% mentioned religion, the lowest percentage to recall that topic since 2000.