A survey commissioned by the non-religious American Humanist Association says more than one-third of Americans are OK with removing 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance.
A study commissioned by the American Humanist Association indicates that 34 percent of U.S. adults would support removing the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
The May survey by the Seidewitz Group is meant to counter a 2013 poll by the evangelical LifeWay Research firm that had a very different result. That poll showed that just 8 percent of adults feel the phrase should be removed.
The Humanist Association says the difference in results is likely due to its pollsters telling survey participants that the “under God” phrase was added 1954 and that “some Americans feel that the Pledge should focus on unity rather than religion.”
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said the phrase marginalizes atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-theists.
“It presents them as less patriotic, simply because they do not believe in God,” he said in a statement released today. “We are encouraged by these findings, which suggest with even a small amount of education, more Americans are in favor of restoring the Pledge to its original wording.”& lt; /p>
But Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research said that changing the pledge may “just feel wrong” to many Americans.
"Most Americans say they believe in God or a higher being and feel comfortable having ‘under God’/ / in the pledge," he said in an April statement.
The Seidewitz Group survey of 1,000 adults was conducted online on May 29. The Lifeway survey of 1,001 adults was conducted Sept. 6-10, 2013, via telephone. Both surveys have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.