According to a recent study, the majority of Americans believe that religion can answer their problems. A Gallup poll asked Americans if religion can solve life’s obstacles and 57 percent answered yes.
reports that 30 percent of respondents said religion is “largely old-fashioned or out of date.”
While this is a positive response, the statistics are still in decline from previous years. In 2000, 68 percent of Americans affirmed that religion could answer problems; in 1958 an overwhelming majority of 82 percent agreed.
Americans who said that the regularly attend church were more likely to affirm that religion could answer life problems. The poll also determined that seniors, women, conservatives, and people living in the southern region were more likely to attend church and value religion.
“These groups, in turn, are also the most likely to say that a religion can answer most or all of today’s problems. Still, across almost all of the demographic and political categories in the table below, the percentage saying that religion can answer most or all of our problems is higher than the percentage saying that it is out of date,” Gallup reported.
Publication date: June 30, 2014