Religion and the left

Katha Pollitt kpollitt at
Wed Jun 3 08:41:04 PDT 1998

The perception that America is so very religious may not be quite accurate. The statistic, for ex, that half of all americans go to church every week comes from a gallup poll -- this would mean there has been no decline in church going since the fifties. But another organization (forget which one) came up with a very different figure by using a different method. Instead of directly asking people if they went to church the previous Sabbath, thus eliciting the socially-approved answer, they simply asked people to keep diaries of how they spent their week. By the method, only 26% reported going to church. This represents a big decline in religious observance since the fifties -- which is kind of what you'd expect, isn't it, given all the water that's gone under the bridge since then.

best, katha

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