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The Lingering Faith in Faith

For sixty years, Gallup has asked about public attitudes toward faith, giving respondents a clear choice: “Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?” In 1957, 82% expressed confidence in religious solutions, while only 11% considered faith old fashioned. Today, the margin is much closer but Americans still think religion has the answers-55% to 34%.

The surprising aspect of the poll is the stubborn respect for religion where you’d least expect it.
Among those who “seldom” or “never” go to church, a full third still think religion can solve contemporary problems. And among Democrats, a plurality agrees that faith has the answers all people seek.

This means that even among political liberals, and those who never participate in public worship, there’s still a lingering suspicion that faith-based attitudes benefit individuals and society. Believers should never write off America as a secularized, Godless, lost cause.

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    Michael Medved
  • Michael Medved specializes in talking about pop culture and politics on a daily basis. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

Michael Medved specializes in talking about pop culture and politics on a daily basis. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

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