An encouraging little poll result:
Just before the first inauguration of the second Bush, although a plurality (45%) thought that “organized religion” has about the right amount of influence over public life, those who wanted it to have more influence (30%) outnumbered those who wanted it to have less influence (22%).
But the rule of the Mayberry Machiavellis and their Congressional and clerical allies has reinvigorated the secularist vote. Now 32% want “less influence,” and only 27% want “more influence.”
That’s an increase of almost 50% in anti-clerical sentiment in six years.