When Law & Faith Conflict, Voters Evenly Divided on Which to Follow

Sometimes there is a conflict between government laws and the teachings of a faith or religion. For most voters, this creates some tension since faith is an important part of their daily life.

If they felt a government law forced them to violate the teachings and values of their faith, 39% of voters would be likely to follow the teachings of their faith. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 41% would follow the law and 19% are not sure. The number who say they would follow the law includes 15% who say that faith or religion is not at all important to them.

White voters are evenly divided on the subject. By a 45% to 34% margin, Black voters would follow their faith.

Republicans would be more likely to follow their faith while Democrats would be more likely to follow the law. Independent voters are evenly divided.

As on many issues, there is an interesting divide between the views of White and Black Democrats. By a 56% to 25% margin, White Democrats would follow the law. By a 42% to 34% margin, Black Democrats would follow their faith.

This survey was conducted immediately following the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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