Nearly 4 in 10 attend church regularly

Dec. 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM   |   0 comments

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A poll released Tuesday indicates four in 10 Americans have attended a religious service in the previous week, down about 10 percent from a high in the 1950s.

The annual Gallup survey found 39 percent of respondents said they had been to church or some other form of religious ceremony in the previous seven days. The all-time high over the past 70 years Gallup has polled Americans on the question was recorded at 49 percent, twice in the late 1950s. Despite some fluctuation, the percentage of Americans who say they go to church has hovered around 40 percent since the late 1960s.

A persistent gap remains between the number of Americans who said they've gone to church and those who rated religion as "very important" in their lives. Though only 39 percent said they had been to church in the previous week, a majority -- 56 percent -- said religion was very important in their lives. Another 22 percent rated religion as "fairly important" while an equal number said it was "not very important."

The poll queried 2,566 people from May 2 to 7 and Dec. 5 to 8. Its margin of error was not reported.

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