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Sixty-one percent of all Americans believe their country is uniquely blessed by God, and almost as many (59 percent) say that means the United States should be a model Christian nation to the world, according to a recent nationwide survey of more than 1,400 adults. Of those responding, evangelical Christians were most likely (86 percent) to feel God has specially blessed the country. In comparison, only 48 percent of those who infrequently attend religious services were likely to agree. Despite an overall belief that the nation should play a significant role in global affairs, two-thirds of Americans say our relationship with the rest of the world is souring. "Americans remain very interventionist in their views about America's role in the world and want the U.S. to take an activist role on the world stage," said Allen Hertzke, a visiting scholar at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "[But] they want us to be smart about it." [, 10/23/08]

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