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Most Americans believe Kim Davis deserved to go to jail, but are still concerned with religious freedom

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, recently spent five days in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing religious objections in spite of a June Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. According to pollsters YouGov, the majority of Americans (56 percent) support the federal judge's decision to jail her on contempt of court charges. Breaking down that number, 72 percent of Democrats, 42 percent of Republicans, and 50 percent of those who identified themselves as independent agreed with the move. However, a 53 percent majority (33 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of independents and 81 percent of Republicans) also said they believe religious liberty is being threatened in America today. Asked what Davis should do, about two-thirds (65 percent) said she should quit her job if it interfered with her Christian values.