It may sound like a contradiction, but for many Americans, there is an increasing sense that their religious convictions aren’t as strong as they used to be.
And in the latest edition of the Quaker Religion Study, Gallup finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans now say they’re less likely to attend church than they were a few years ago.
It’s also a significant shift from the years when the Quakers were viewed as an important part of American culture.
A decade ago, about 40 percent of Americans said they were “somewhat likely” to attend a church service at least once a week, while nearly a third said they’d be “very likely” or “slightly likely” attend.
Today, that number is around 45 percent.
While a majority of Americans still say they attend church at least weekly, the Quakertones are no longer the only ones to feel the pinch of that decline.
More than four-in-ten Americans now believe that God doesn’t exist, a number that’s nearly double the percentage who said the same about Christianity in 2006.
Quakers are also no longer viewed as the most religious group in the United States, but they still hold a large share of the national vote.
More Than Two-In-Ten Americans Now Say Religion is Essential Source Time title More than two-in to say religion is essential for good life, new Gallup poll finds article More than half of Americans, or 52 percent, now say religion in America is “essential” or essential for a “good life.”
The figures are more than double the 52 percent who said that in 2004.
And while it’s not surprising that so many Americans now consider religion a necessity, it’s striking that so few of them think that it’s essential for the nation to function.
A new Gallup Poll finds that only about two-fifths of Americans (19 percent) believe that the government has the right to determine what is and isn’t a religion, with the remaining three-in (32 percent) saying it’s a matter for the individual to decide.
“This is a significant change in our views of religion, and it is a very surprising finding,” said Brian Whitmore, the executive director of the Gallup Forum on Religion and Public Life, in a statement.
“It’s not that people don’t see religion as important, it is that the public is beginning to see it as an essential part of their lives.”
Gallup has conducted a series of poll questions to find out what people think about the importance of religion.
Since the 1970s, the polling firm has asked Americans what they think is the most important issue in the world.
The first question asked respondents to rate the importance each issue has for the country.
At that time, the top two were immigration and foreign policy.
Gallup conducted another survey in 2007 that asked Americans to consider whether religion was an important source of social and economic justice.
About one-third of Americans answered yes to that question, and nearly three-quarters said religion was “important” or somewhat important.
In the latest Gallup poll, respondents were asked to give their views on whether religion is important for a variety of societal and political issues, from environmental issues to race relations.
More Americans Say Religion Is Important for Economic, Social Issues But not for Politics Gallup has asked the same question three times in the last 10 years, and Americans have always found religion to be important in a variety a political issues.
And the new results show that this is still the case.
About half of respondents in the new survey said that religion is “extremely important” for issues such as poverty, education and climate change.
But just a third of those who said religion is very important said it was very important for political issues like the economy and social issues such in gun control, abortion and same-sex marriage.
In other words, nearly half of all Americans still think religion is an important factor in political issues — and only about a third think it’s very important on other issues, such as immigration and gay marriage.