Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii's Religious Divide

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Call it the state's Great Divide.

In an election year when religion has been thrust onto center stage in a number of races, a Civil Beat poll found that 11 percent of likely voters believe Christianity should play an official role in setting government policy, with an additional 6 percent saying that the best teachings of all the world's religions should do the same.

But many more people — 43 percent of likely voters — believe that Christianity should have no role at all, according to the automated telephone poll conducted for Civil Beat by Aloha Vote, a subsidiary of Merriman River Group (MRG), a Connecticut research firm. The survey of 1151 likely voters on Oct. 11 has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.

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