The Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed Americans about their comparative religion knowledge and about church-state separation issues. Greg Smith, a Pew senior researcher, spoke with USA Today.
According to the article: The single question most people answered correctly: 89% knew that according to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, public school teachers cannot lead their classes in prayer.
But only 36% of respondents knew teachers are allowed to teach classes comparing world religions, and just 23% knew that teachers can read from the Bible as an example of literature.
“If the public thinks there are greater restriction than there really are, how much impact does this have in the real world when they are looking at religion’s place in public life?” Smith asks.
Most respondents have some understanding of the First Amendment: 68% knew that the Constitution says “the government shall neither establish a religion nor interfere with the practice of religion.” But, says Smith, “they don’t get the specifics.”
The full article and a mini-quiz are here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-09-28-pew28_ST_N.htm