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Not many head­lines, it seems, are in­spired by the Cre­ator these days: Just 19 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say re­porters and the news me­dia are “friendly” to­ward re­li­gion. Nat­u­rally, there’s par­ti­san in­ter­pre­ta­tion: 11 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 24 per­cent of Democrats agree that the press is a faith-friendly bunch, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey from the Pew Forum on Re­li­gion & Public Life.

An­other 35 per­cent of Amer­i­cans over­all also say the press is down­right “un­friendly” to faith. The ma­jor­ity of Gop­ers — 56 per­cent — agree, com­pared to 22 per­cent of Democrats. Thirty-eight per­cent over­all say the press is neu­tral to re­li­gion; 29 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 47 per­cent of Democrats agree. Mean­while, the Re­pub­li­can Party bests Democrats and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion as be­ing most at home with re­li­gion. See more num­bers in to­day’s Poll du Jour at col­umn’s end.

PHO­TO­GRAPH PRO­VIDED BY BUDDY ROE­MER

Pres­i­den­tial hopeful Buddy Roe­mer is talk­ing cam­paign fi­nance cor­rup­tion with Jack Abramoff and a for­mer Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion chair­man.

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