More Americans believe that Christianity has a positive impact than a negative impact on key issues such as the level of crime and poverty in society, raising children with good morals and ethics in business, a new poll shows.
The survey, commissioned by American research firm Grey Matter, asked 1,000 American adults whether they feel the Christian faith generally has a positive impact, a negative impact, or no real impact on 16 different areas of society, including sexuality, poverty, business ethics, crime, the role of women in society, and how people treat the environment.
It found that 72pc believed the Christian faith has a positive impact on children being raised with good morals, while 19pc feel the faith has no real impact.
Eight percent said they believed it has a negative impact in this area.
Seventy two percent also said they thought that the Christian faith had a positive impact in the realm of helping the less fortunate, with 20pc perceive no real impact, and 8pc who feel there was a negative impact.
Fifty-two percent believe the Christian faith positively impacts keeping the United States as a strong nation.
Thirty six percent see no real impact, while 11pc believe the faith has a negative impact.
Forty-nine percent see a positive impact on the role of women in society, while 33pc perceive no real impact, and 19pc see a negative impact in this area.
Pluralities of Americans also said that Christianity had a positive impact on:
The most negative perception is how the Christian faith impacts sexuality in society. Just 26pc feel the faith has a positive impact in this area, while 37pc see no real impact, and 37pc believe it has a negative impact.
When the 16 areas mentioned in the survey are averaged together, the findings show that 13pc of all Americans believe that Christian faith has a strongly positive impact, 29pc see a somewhat positive impact.
Thirty seven percent see no impact, 15pc perceive a somewhat negative impact, and 7pc believe the faith has a strongly negative impact on American society.