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American 'faith' in organized religion drops to an all-time low

American 'faith' in organized religion drops to an all-time low

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."


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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I'm glad you got this article. When I first saw this, it gave me some hope concerning the upcoming election. If all these people vote, then the Religious Reich and Romney don't stand a chance in hell of forming a Theocracy.

    • Steven

      WTF are you babbling about? There is nothing in either campaign even suggesting a theocracy.

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