Was “The Original Intent”

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 Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.

RESEARCH, SURVEYS, POLLS

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules …”

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Please note that the following research, surveys, and polls are of interest from the perspective people's views on religion, Christianity, government, and other topics. The author/webmaster of God the Original Intent does not necessarily endorse or agree with every opinion expressed.

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Pew Reports

Pew Survey: Orthodox Christians in Europe more likely to believe than practice their religion - By Ariana Monique Salazar- Russia and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced a resurgence of Orthodox Christian identity since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries in the region. This increase in religious identity is accompanied in large part by high levels of religious belief, such as belief in God.- Website


Barna Group

Many ‘practicing Christians’ agree with aspects of Marxism, new study reveals - Many “practicing Christians” agree with aspects of Marxism, according to a new study from the Barna Group, an evangelical research firm headquartered in Ventura, California.


Barna reported Tuesday that 36 percent of practicing Christians — defined as those “who go to church at least monthly and consider their faith very important in their life” — aligned with at least one aspect of Marxist ideology. - Link to Website


American Culture and Faith Institute

Survey Details How the Core Beliefs and Behaviors of Millennials Compare to Those of Other Adults -Only 59% of Millennials consider themselves to be Christian. That compares to 72% of adults from older generations. Less than two out of every ten adults 30 or older (18%) claims to be in the atheist-agnostic-none faith preference category. Nearly three out of every ten Millennials embrace that category (28%). One out of every three older adults (33%) is a born again Christian. - Link to Website


CBS Poll

New CBS poll shows that majority of Democrats consider Christianity as violent as Islam - By Brandon Moorse -66 percent of Democrats believe when it comes to other religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, et al, they are responsible for just as much violence as Islam. Only 14 percent believe Islam is more violent, which totals out to one out of seven Democrats.. …- Link to Website


PRRI Poll

One-Quarter Say God will Determine the Super Bowl’s Winner—but Nearly Half Say God Rewards Devout Athletes - By Daniel Cox, Ph.D., Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., - …Nearly half (49%) of the public believes God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success; about as many (47%) disagree.


God and the 2016 Election

In comparison, more than one-quarter (28%) of Americans believe God played a major role in determining the outcome of the 2016 election. Thirteen percent say God played a minor role and a majority (55%) say God did not play any role at all in the presidential election. Perceptions about God’s influence in politics varied markedly by political and religious affiliation.


Close to half (45%) of Republicans believe God intervened to help President Donald Trump win the presidency, compared to 26% of independents and only 18% of Democrats. Nearly seven in ten (69%) Democrats believe God had no hand in determining the outcome of the election..- Link to Website


Pew Reports

Pew Survey: Assessing the Representativeness of Public Opinion Surveys -It has become increasingly difficult to contact potential respondents and to persuade them to participate. The percentage of households in a sample that are successfully interviewed – the response rate – has fallen dramatically. At Pew Research, the response rate of a typical telephone survey was 36% in 1997 and is just 9% today.


The general decline in response rates is evident across nearly all types of surveys, in the United States and abroad. At the same time, greater effort and expense are required to achieve even the diminished response rates of today. These challenges have led many to question whether surveys are still providing accurate and unbiased information. - Website


Opinion Savvy Poll

Shocking Polls Show What U.S. Muslims Think of U.S. Laws - By Esmé E Deprez - by Andrew G. Bostom - As July 4 approaches, new polling data reveal non-Muslim Americans are increasingly cognizant of the threat Sharia -- Islam’s totalitarian religio-political “law” -- poses to their basic liberties. Overwhelmingly, they reject its encroachment in the United States.


But polling data also reveal that an ominous, growing proportion of American Muslims wish to impose Sharia on America.  …They asked:


Do you believe that the United States government should screen, or actively identify individuals entering the United States who support Sharia law?


Seventy-one percent affirmed: - Website


Gallup Reports

U.S. Worries About Race Relations Reach a New High - By Jim Normand - More than a third (35%) of Americans now say they are worried "a great deal" about race relations in the U.S. -- which is higher than at any time since Gallup first asked the question in 2001. The percentage who are worried a great deal rose seven percentage points in the past year and has more than doubled in the past two years. - Website


Pew Reports

Pew Survey: Young Americans Favor Socialism over Capitalism - by Brett Wilkins  - Among young Americans, socialism is no longer a dirty word.


They are embracing socialism in growing numbers, with more young adults favoring socialism over capitalism and certain demographic groups heavily favoring socialism.


So say the results of a new Pew Research Center poll. The survey found that while most Americans in all age groups– 60%– have a negative view of socialism, those in the 18-29-year-old age are among its biggest fans. Nearly half– 49%– of people in that age group reported positive views of socialism; only 43% said they had negative opinions about it. These statistics show an increased acceptance of socialism; in 2010 a similar Pew survey found that only 43% of 18-29-year-olds viewed socialism positively, while 49% held unfavorable views. …


Support for socialism was highest among ‘liberal Democrats’ (59%) and lowest among ‘conservative Republicans’ (6%).- Website


Rasmussen Reports

Americans Want Christmas, More Religion in Schools - Americans continue to strongly support the celebration of Christmas in public schools, places that most already believe lack enough religion.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 76% of American Adults believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools. Just 15% disagree. - Website


Survey by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands

Want ‘sustained happiness’? Get religion, study suggests - By Sarah Pulliam Bailey - A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. - Website


Newseum Institute survey

Only 19% Know 1st Amendment Guarantees Freedom of Religion -  By Terence P. Jeffrey  - Only 19 percent of American adults know that the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of religion, according to a new survey by the Newseum Institute.


Only 10 percent know the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of the press.


And 33 percent of Americans have no idea at all what rights the First Amendment guarantees.


The First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law resepecting an establishment of religion, or abridging the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  -  Website


A 2014 study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University,

More than Half of Young Catholic Families Are Latino Despite Recent Decline - More than half of young Catholic families (53 percent) identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic compared with 32 percent of all Catholics, according to a recent survey. Could the presence of Hispanic families in the Catholic Church indicate Latino congregational growth, or at least the slowing of a once-persistent decline?  -  Website


Harris Poll on behalf of TransferWise

New research: more than a third of Americans are ready to move abroad -  35% of people living in the US would consider moving abroad … ( 55% of Millennials 18-34 say they would consider moving) - Website


Public Religion Research Institute

Majority of Americans Continue to Believe in American Exceptionalism, Proud to be an American - More than six in ten (62%) Americans believe that God has granted America a special role in human history, while roughly one-third (33%) disagree. Views have not shifted significantly in recent years. In 2012, an identical number of Americans (62%) agreed that the U.S. was granted a special role in human history. There are sharp differences on this question by political ideology and religious affiliation.


Conservatives are nearly twice as likely as liberals to agree that God has granted the U.S. a special role in human history—80% of conservatives and only 45% of liberals agree with this statement. Half (50%) of liberals reject the notion that the country has a divinely sanctioned role in human history. - Link to Website


Poll Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and conducted by the Gallup organizationin the fall of 2007

Survey: Supernatural Experiences Common Among America's Religious - By Michelle A. Vu, Christian Post Reporter -  Nearly half of Americans report having at least two supernatural encounters, with conservative Protestants more likely than religious liberals to say they had such experiences, according to a survey recently published in a new book.


Among the most common religious and mystical experiences reported by Americans include protection from harm by a guardian angel (55 percent); calling by God to do something (44 percent); witnessing a miraculous, physical healing (23 percent); and hearing the voice of God (20 percent), according to the second part of the Baylor Religion Survey.


Pew Research Poll

Mystical Experiences - About half of the U.S. public (49%) says they have had a religious or mystical experience, defined as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening.”..Pew Forum survey finds that religious and mystical experiences are more common today among those who are unaffiliated with any particular religion (30%) - Link to Website


Phone Poll

Most Americans now say Jesus really a sinner - Nation believes in Christ, but maybe not same one - A study by a But when the divinity of Jesus is asserted, only 56 percent of Americans agreed. Among Elders – those born before 1946 – 62 percent said Jesus was God, but among Millennials, the number dropped to 48 percent. Those rejecting Jesus as God said He was a just another spiritual figure, comparable to Muhammad or Buddha.- Link to Website


Public Religion Research Institute

Study Shows Most Americans Believe God Rewards Athletes With Faith - CBS -  A study by a nonprofit which studies religion and public policy shows that a majority of Americans believe God rewards athletes who have faith.


The study also shows one in four Americans believe God has a role in determining the winner of a sporting event. - Link to Website - Survey Results


Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows - by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. - … The study found that people who attend religious services on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as “very happy” (45%) than people who never attend (28%). …


The study indicated that not only religious service attendance, but self-reported “religiosity” and religious “affiliation” are also linked with happiness levels. Yet of the three indicators, service attendance has the highest correlation to increased happiness. The study showed that higher levels of church attendance “predict higher life satisfaction,” even after accounting for how important religious faith is in people’s lives. - Link to Website


The Power of Prayer - By Cynthia McFadden and Jake Whitman - A Catholic priest who was paralyzed from the chest down in a fall four years ago says he has proof that prayer can heal. …"People who are more religious just live longer; that's kind of the bottom line," said Dr. Harold Koenig.


Koenig said more than 4,000 studies have examined the connection between spirituality and health, with the number of studies tripling, by his estimate, in the past decade. - Link to Website


Front Page Mag

Study: Liberals Are Unhappy, Angry People - by D. Acheson - … For three decades the researchers at the University of Chicago have conducted the General Social Survey (GSS). Each year the researchers asked a representative sampling of American adults a series of questions including how happy they were. Because the survey covers a broad range of social and political topics researchers are able to segment the respondents by political orientation. The results were consistently clear about the political beliefs of the happiest Americans. For each and every one of those 30 years more political conservatives rated themselves as "very happy" than leftists.


In a 2006 study the Pew Research Center discovered that almost twice as many conservative Republicans said they were "very happy" as leftist Democrats (28% to 47%). In a 2007 Pew study three out of four Republicans (74%) with annual incomes under $50,000 said they were "pretty well satisfied" with their financial condition. But only about half as many Democrats in his income bracket (40%) were as satisfied with their personal finances. So, even "poor" conservatives are significantly happier than "poor" leftists. …


Leftists, in contrast, tend to be more pessimistic and focused on what’s wrong with our society instead of what’s right with it. They have been Harry Reid won't work with Romneyconditioned to see the glass as half-empty instead of half full. Many leftists believe, as Karl Marx did, that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and morally wrong. People on the far left believe that they and many other people are victims of social and economic injustices. Apparently, they compare the realities of our system with some utopian society that has never and will never exist.
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Public Religion Research Institute

Survey | 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America - … MThe party affiliation of libertarians skews significantly more Republican than Democratic. Close to half (45%) of libertarians identify as Republican, compared to only 5% who identify as Democrat. However, half of libertarians identify as politically independent (35%) or identify with a third political party (15%), including roughly 1-in-10 (8%) who identify with the Libertarian Party. Roughly 4-in-10 (39%) libertarians identify as part of the Tea Party movement, while 61% do not. - Link to Website























Barna Group

Millennials and the Bible: 3 Surprising Insights - Much has been made of the growing post-Christian sentiment among America's youngest generation of adults. But how has this well-documented turn away from religion affected Millennials' views of Christianity's most sacred text? - Link to Website


Americans More Likely to Vote for a Cheating, Pot-Smoking or Gay President Over an Atheist One in 2016, Says Study - Leonardo Blair - Most Americans would rather have a president who believes in God rather than one who doesn't. In a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, Americans ranked atheism as the most negative trait that could be displayed by presidential candidates who plan to seek the White House in 2016. - Link to Website


Half of American fans say 'supernatural' forces are in play during sports events - by Water Cooler  - … 50 percent of sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed at some point in time, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events,” reports a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit group based in the nation’s capital. -  Link to Website


Does prayer help us resist temptation? Talking to God boosts self-control and emotional stability, claims study - By Robin Yapp - Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behaviour, according to a new study.People turn to prayer 'as a coping response to the high demands in life' and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said. Previous findings have shown that when people try hard to control their emotions and thoughts, the risk of aggressive outbursts and binge drinking or eating rises. -  Link to Website


Social Justice: How Good Intentions - Undermine Justice and Gospel - by E. Calvin Beisner - Publication has been co-published by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.  -  Link to Website


The Global Religious Landscape - A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 – (Executive Summary) - Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84% of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.  -  Link to Website


What About the Children? American College of Pediatricians Warns Against Same-Sex Families – by Tom McFeely - Dawn Stefanowicz says she knows from personal experience that what the American College of Pediatricians recommends is true. She is a Canadian woman who grew up in a homosexual household. She says Americans wouldn’t support same-sex “marriage” if they understood how it can harm children.


… one organization that does not endorse homosexual parenting is the American College of Pediatricians. “The environment in which children are reared is absolutely critical to their development,” the college states in a position statement about homosexual parenting posted in the “Position Statements” section of its website, acpeds.org.


“Given the current body of research, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or by reproductive manipulation,” it says. “This position is rooted in the best available science.” -  Link to Website


Does U.N.’s Agenda 21 Education Mandate Push Common Core in USA? What Does Common Core Have To Do With the U.N.’s Agenda 21 ?


 – And Why Should You Care?


There’s an interesting article about Obama’s call for the U.S. to pay for education of the world.  It’s ”A Global Fund for Education: Achieving Education for All” that you can read in full here:  http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2009/08/education-gartner


Its summary states: “In order to realize the world’s commitment to ensuring education for all by 2015, important innovations and reforms will be needed in the governance and financing of global education. In 2008, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama committed to making sure that every child has the chance to learn by creating a Global Fund for Education. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently called for a new architecture of global cooperation…  A new Global Fund for Education… must be capable of mobilizing the approximately $7 billion annually still needed to achieve education for all, …


Both the U.N.’s educational goals (via UNESCO and “Education for All” ) and “Common Core” do sound very appealing on the surface.  Each seeks to educate by teaching the exact same standards to all children (and adults) on a national or a global scale.  But both supercede local control over what is taught to students, and both dismiss the validity and importance of the U.S. Constitution implicitly. ..

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Education is indispensable for the U.N. to get its agenda pushed onto every citizen worldwide.  -  Link to Website


Christians victims of rising 'hostility' from gov't and secular groups, report says – Fox News – A new report by the Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute claims that there's been a rising pattern of hostility toward Christians in America over the past decade. … "It's way beyond anything we had imagined. It's so much more prolific than it's ever been before. -  Link to Website


Study: Atheists Have Lowest 'Retention Rate' Compared to Religious Groups - By Napp Nazworth - Those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults… Gray also noted that, "of those raised as atheists, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant denomination, 10% are Catholic, 2% are Jewish  -  Link to Website


EWTN

Scholar charged with 'misconduct' for his work on gay parenting – EWTN – A University of Texas sociologist is being investigated for scientific “misconduct,” after angering gay activists with research suggesting children raised by same-sex couples have more problems as adults. … The sociologist also said his Catholic beliefs did not compromise the research. “There’s no 'Christian' approach to sampling or 'Catholic' way of crunching numbers,” he remarked.  


“Any trained methodologist, data manager, and statistician can locate the same patterns I reported. Others may ask different questions, or follow different decision rules on measures. But that’s normal science.” -  Link to Website


Atheists can not be trusted: Religious people rank non-believers alongside rapists, study -  … In one poll, only 45% of American respondents said they would vote for a qualified atheist presidential candidate and overwhelmingly preferred to vote for African American, Jewish and female candidates. Americans also rated atheists as the group that least agrees with their vision for the country and the group they’d most disapprove of their child marrying.  - Link to Website

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