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Public attitudes and perception of religion in government to be examined, Oct. 9

"The People, Politics and the Pulpit" is the topic of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., will discuss his recent writings on public attitudes toward the media and the perception of religion in government. He argues that, with the increased blurring of the church-state divide, Americans are looking toward the media to objectively cover the sensitive nature of this topic without journalists falling prey to their own personal religious biases.

Kohut has been involved in polling and public opinion for more than 20 years. Formerly the president of the Gallup organization, he also founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, a private polling and market research firm. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, National Public Radio and "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer."

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Office of External Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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