The Washington Times
December 24, 2013
A higher percentage of Americans now consider religion a very important piece of their lives, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.
Still, despite the increasing reliance on the power of personal prayer, only four in 10 Americans self-reported going to a religious service in the past week.
The number of Americans who report going to church, synagogue or mosque in the past week has hovered around 40 percent since the 1960s, with a high of 44 percent in the early 2000s and a low of 37 percent around 2010. That’s down dramatically from attendance in the mid-1950s when about half of Americans said they had attended a religious service in the past seven days. The number showed little change from last year.
Studies in the past have suggested that Americans may over report their religious service attendance, meaning it percentage may actually be lower, the poll said.
The majority of Americans, however, say religion is an important part of their lives.
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