Teenagers overwhelmingly favor the idea of allowing a moment of silence at school for students who want to pray, while a smaller majority supports spoken prayer, a poll by the Gallup Organization has found.
The poll by the Washington-based firm surveyed 549 youths ages 13 to 17 in April and May.
The Gallup Organization found that 84 percent of respondents said they were in favor of a moment of silence, and that 58 percent said that spoken prayer without a specific religious reference should be permitted.
Forty-four percent of respondents said that prayers mentioning Jesus should be permitted. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
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A version of this article appeared in the August 10, 2005 edition of Education Week