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On Sunday, June 30, 2002, CNN reported that a weekend poll said nearly nine in 10 Americans believe the phrase "under God" should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance. Most also believe that it is acceptable for the government to promote religious expression, as long as no specific religion is mentioned, according to a Newsweek poll.

When asked if the Pledge of Allegiance should contain the phrase "under God," 87 percent of those polled by Newsweek said yes and only 9 percent said no. Asked if the government should avoid promoting religion in any way, 36 percent said yes, but 54 percent said no, and 60 percent of poll respondents said they think it is good for the country when government leaders publicly express their faith in God.

Only 12 percent of those polled thought the government should eliminate all references to God and religions belief in schools, government buildings and other public settings, while 84 percent said such references are acceptable, as long as they don’t mention a specific religion.

The poll found that 45 percent of Americans hold the view that the United States is a secular nation in which religious belief, or...

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