Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S.

(RNS) Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. The poll, called “The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,” found the number of Americans who say they are religious dropped from 73 percent in 2005 to 60 percent. By Kimberly Winston.

Jewish support for Obama strong despite Israel stance

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Despite all the political hand-wringing that President Obama could lose Jewish support over his Middle East policies, a new poll shows that Israel sits far down on American Jewish voters’ list of key issues, with only 4 percent calling it the most important factor in their vote. By Lauren Markoe.

Poll finds Americans split on contraception mandate

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers — even institutions with strong religious affiliations — to provide insurance covering contraception. By Lauren Markoe.

Mainline Protestants up for grabs heading into November

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a matchup between Obama and GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, mainline Protestant voters are nearly evenly divided, with 41 percent supporting Obama and 43 percent for Romney. The same holds true between Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — each is the choice of 41 percent of white mainline Protestants. By Lauren Markoe.

Poll: Preachy politicians turn off many voters

David Gibson |

(RNS) So all that “God talk” from the GOP candidates as they try to show who is more devout? A new survey shows that it may be more likely to hurt their chances with voters as help them. By David Gibson. 400 words.