The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

School Prayer (1), yes/no 1964-1984

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84
Allow Prayer in School 75
(1169)
75
(967)
73
(987)
** ** ** ** ** 60
(840)
** 54
(1038)
No Religion in School 15
(234)
13
(171)
13
(177)
** ** ** ** ** 21
(291)
** 21
(413)
Don't Know, No Interest 10
(160)
12
(148)
13
(179)
** ** ** ** ** 20
(275)
** 25
(476)
N 1563 1286 1343 0 0 0 0 0 1406 0 1927

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4C.3a.

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Question Text:

"Some people think it is all right for the public schools to start each day with a prayer. Others feel that religion does not belong in the public schools but should be taken care of by the family and the church. Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side over the other?" (IF YES) "Which do you think--schools should be allowed to start each day with a prayer or religion does not belong in the schools?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Allow Prayer in School
No Religion in School
Don't Know, No Interest

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