Gallup reports that confidence in organized religion has hit an all-time low in the United States. There has been a steady decline since the 1970s.
The survey found that Catholics had less confidence in organized religion than Protestants. Gallup speculated that this difference could be attributed to the high profile child sex abuse scandals associated with the Catholic Church that have been reported over the last few years.
Although there is a growing skepticism toward organized religion, Gallup finds that "the decline in confidence does not necessarily indicate a decline in Americans' personal attachment to religion. The percentage of Americans saying religion is very important in their lives has held fairly steady since the mid-1970s, after dropping sharply from 1952 levels."