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Survey: Jehovah's Witnesses pray the most

  |   May 7, 2009 at 8:08 PM
WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- The Jehovah's Witnesses is the most prayerful religious group in the United States, a survey released Thursday said.

The Pew Research Center said Jews are the least likely among those professing a religious faith to say they pray every day, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday. While 89 percent of Jehovah's Witnesses and 82 percent of Mormons report daily prayer, only 26 percent of Jews do.

About 80 percent of members of historically black churches say they pray daily. They are followed by white evangelicals, Muslims, Hindus, members of Orthodox churches and Catholics.

Those least likely to pray daily are mainline Protestants, with only 53 percent saying they do, Buddhists at 45 percent and Jews at 26 percent. Rabbi Art Donsky of Temple Ohav Shalom in McCandless told the Post-Gazette that last figure may be misleading since many religious Jews believe prayer is done in the temple by a minyan or group of at least 10 adults and do not count daily rituals like the blessing of bread.

People are more likely to pray if they are elderly, poor or female.

Pew surveyed 35,000 adult U.S. residents. The survey was released in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

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