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Voters Approve of Bible in Inaugural Ceremony

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States today on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible, the same one used by President Obama for both of his inaugurations. Voters strongly support the longstanding tradition of presidents swearing in on the Bible.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s appropriate to have the president place his hand on the Bible when taking the oath of office at the inauguration, a tradition dating back to President George Washington. Just 15% do not, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 17-18, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

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