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AP-NORC Poll: US Christians, more than Muslims, need religious liberty protections

  • In this photo taken Dec. 4, 2015, people arrive for Friday prayers at Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    In this photo taken Dec. 4, 2015, people arrive for Friday prayers at Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll was conducted Dec. 10 through Dec. 13, after Islamic extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and during intensifying anti-Muslim rhetoric by Trump and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll was conducted Dec. 10 through Dec. 13, after Islamic extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and during intensifying anti-Muslim rhetoric by Trump and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo Rowan County, Ky. Clerk Kim Davis speaks in Morehead, Ky. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo Rowan County, Ky. Clerk Kim Davis speaks in Morehead, Ky. Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)  (The Associated Press)

A new poll finds that Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups. And they rank Muslims as the least deserving of the protections.

The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that solid majorities believe it is extremely or very important for the U.S. to uphold religious freedom in general.

However, the percentages varied dramatically when respondents were asked about specific faith traditions.

Eighty-two percent in the poll said religious liberty protections are important for Christians, compared with 61 percent who said the same for Muslims. About seven in 10 said preserving Jews' religious freedom was important, while 67 percent said so of Mormons.