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That “leading” wording was part of the query on the Pledge’s history, which included: “Some people feel this phrase in our national pledge should focus on unity rather than religion.”

Mr. Speckhardt said that in light of the survey, the American Humanist Association would launch a campaign Monday that will be “education- and action-oriented.”

America was established as an “intentionally secular government to create an even playing field for all faiths and non-faiths. It set us up as a country with unique support of church-state separation,” he said. “That’s been a good thing for the faithful as well as for people who don’t believe. I think that’s the education we need a lot more of.”

Among some of the survey’s other results, Mr. Speckhardt highlighted one finding that 69 percent of Americans and American Christians felt “displays of crosses and the Ten Commandments would lead to Muslims, other non-Judeo-Christians and nonreligious people to feel the government favors Christians.”

“Even a big majority of Christians think putting a cross on public property is favoring Christians,” Mr. Speckhardt said.

Another highlight was the finding that 76 percent of Americans felt it would be inappropriate to start a U.S. government meeting with a prayer to Allah, while 48 percent felt it would be inappropriate to start a meeting with a prayer to Jesus.