According to a recent Gallup survey, confidence in organized religion or the Church remains historically low. However, the survey indicates that the poorest Americans, those with annual household earnings below $50,000, are most likely to exhibit “a great deal” of confidence in faith-based institutions. The survey, conducted from June 1 to June 22, involved a random sample of 1,013 adults from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Merely 32% of Americans conveyed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Church, marking just a 1 percentage point increase from the historic low of confidence recorded in 2022. When analyzing the data by income groups, the survey indicates that 21% of respondents with income less than $50,000 exhibited “a great deal” of confidence in the Church. In comparison, only 13% of respondents with a household income between $50,000 and $100,000 shared the same level of confidence. A similar proportion of participants with a household income exceeding $100,000 expressed the same.
Christian Today reports:
(CP) While confidence in the Church or organized religion remains at historic lows, the poorest Americans, those living in households earning less than $50,000 annually, are more likely to express “a great deal” of confidence in religious institutions, a new survey from Gallup suggests.
The survey was conducted June 1-22 with a random sample of 1,013 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It measured the faith of Americans in 16 major societal institutions, namely small business, the military, the police, the medical system, the U.S. Supreme Court, public schools, large technology companies, the presidency, banks, organized labor, newspapers, the criminal justice system, big business, and Congress in addition to the Church or organized religion.
When asked to state how much confidence they have in each institution, only two — small business and the military — had more than 50% of participants choosing collectively between “a great deal” or “quite a lot.”
Only 32% of Americans expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Church, which is just 1 percentage point higher than the historic low in confidence expressed in 2022.
Broken down further by income, the survey data shows that 21% of respondents earning less than $50,000 expressed “a great deal” of confidence in the Church compared with just 13% of respondents with a household income of $50,000 to $100,000 and a similar share of participants with a household income of more than $100,000 said the same.
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