"Consider these findings from the 2010 American Values Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute:
· Nearly six-in-ten (57 percent) Americans say religion is very important or the most important thing in their lives.
· A majority (51 percent) of Americans report attending religious services at least a few times per month.
· Nine-in-ten Americans report that they believe in God. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) believe that God is a person with whom one can have a relationship.
· Nearly seven-in-ten (69 percent) Americans believe that the Bible is the word of God, and nearly half of this group (33 percent) believe that the Bible should also be taken literally, word for word.
Moreover, religion is not only a personal matter for many Americans, but it is also something they see as important in evaluating political leaders."