Fifty-four percent of Americans say they pray at least a couple of times a week and a third of them go to church at least once or twice a month, according to a national survey conducted by YouGov for The Economist.
The survey asked 125 questions and was primarily focused on presidential politics and produced a major campaign development with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surging to a dead-heat with former Vice-President Joe Biden in the contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The final five questions concerned religious views and practices.
The survey told 1,500 people that “people practice their religion in different ways,” then asked them “outside of attending religious services, how often do you pray?”
More than a fourth (27 percent) said they pray “several times a day,” while the same combined percentage said they pray either “once a day” or “a few times a week.” Thirty-four percent said they “never” or “seldom” pray.
Asked “aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services,” a combined 31 percent said at least “once or twice a month,” with seven percent saying “more than once a week” and 21 percent saying “once a week.”
Respondents were also asked “how important is religion in your life,” 38 percent said “very important” and 23 precent “somewhat important,” for a total of 61 percent.
“Asked “aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services,” a combined 31 percent said at least “once or twice a month,” with seven percent saying “more than once a week” and 21 percent saying “once a week.”
A third (33 percent) of the respondents described themselves as Protestant, 16 percent said they are Catholic and three percent identified themselves as Jewish. One-third (31 percent) identified themselves as either “evangelical” or “born-again.”
A combined 13 percent chose to call themselves either “atheist” or “agnostic,” while another 24 percent said they are “nothing in particular.”
The survey’s adjusted margin of error is 2.6 percent. For the 1,127 registered voters surveyed, the margin of error is three percent.
Earlier this year, HillFaith reported on the growing data indicating, according to Glenn Stanton, that Americans remain an overwhelmingly Christian population.
“More young adults attend biblically faithful churches today than attended nearly 50 year ago.”
“Biblical churches are holding strong. Churches that are faithfully preaching, teaching and practicing biblical truths and conservative theology are holding stable overall. Some are seeing steady growth and others are exploding …
“Church attendance is at an all-time high. More Americans in raw numbers and as a percentage of the population, attend church today than at any other time in our nation’s history, including the colonial days. That’s hardly scary news.
“More young adults attend biblically faithful churches today than attended nearly 50 year ago. According to some of the best sociological data, the percentage of young adults regularly attending evangelical and non-denominational churches has roughly doubled between 1972 and today,” Stanton said.
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