“In your estimation, approximately what percentage of the ruling class […] portrays themselves as religious in a deliberate attempt to garner the support […] of the public?”

“In your estimation, approximately what percentage of the ruling class ”

I can answer.

“has no genuine belief in God, but ”

I can’t answer. I can’t know the genuineness of someone’s beliefs or not.

“portrays themselves as religious in a deliberate attempt to garner the support”

I can answer.

“of the religious portion of the public, and to perpetuate religion as a system of control?”

I can’t answer because:

a) I don’t know if they are targeting specifically the religious portion of the public.

b) I don’t know if their purpose is to perpetuate religion as a system of control.

c) I don’t really understand what “religion as a system of control” is supposed to mean.

So, I can answer this:
“In your estimation, approximately what percentage of the ruling class […] portrays themselves as religious in a deliberate attempt to garner the support […] of the public?”

As politicians are actors and always “on”, 100%, I believe that we can never know what they really believe about anything.

I don’t know how much they believe what they say. I don’t know how much they’re saying thing to get _us_ to believe.

But “portraying” is key. Politicians portray [something].

Whose support are they trying to get? Religious and non-religious alike. Even people who are non-religious (who aren’t anti-religion, just non-religious) might see a religious person as potentially more stable of a personality.

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