In the aggregate, public opinion has remained solidly against the Court's landmark decisions declaring school prayer unconstitutional. The public has been and continues to be highly supportive of a constitutional amendment overturning these decisions. The analysis of various subgroups confirms several expected findings—that the more educated are more likely to approve of the Court's decisions and that those who attend religious services are more likely to disapprove. But race plays an important role in predicting disapproval starting in the early 1990s; African Americans—particularly African American Protestants—are much more likely than secular whites to disapprove of the Supreme Court's decisions. What this review of public opinion suggests is that, failing a significant change in the religiosity and values of large segments of American society, the public will continue to support efforts to cross the line in the sand drawn by the Supreme Court in its school prayer decisions.
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