Survey: Most Americans say pastors should keep politics out of church

Most Americans apparently prefer that churches don't get involved in politics even though a majority believe they shouldn't be punished for doing so.

New survey results released Thursday by the evangelical group LifeWay Research found 79% of respondents — both church-goers and the "unchurched" — said it was inappropriate for a pastor to endorse a candidate from the pulpit.

"The majority of Americans would agree that churches shouldn't be punished for a pastor or church endorsing a candidate," said LifeWay Executive Director Scott McConnell, "but at the same time they really don't think it's a good idea."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he will repeal a 1950s provision of law that bars churches and other charities from endorsing candidates.

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