Even the Gallup poll admits religion less influential in American life


More than three-fourths of Americans polled say religion is losing its influence on American life, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated.

The 77 percent who said religion’s influence was lessening and the 20 percent who said it was on the rise represent Americans’ most negative evaluations of the effects of religion since 1970, Gallup said.

Americans were more likely to say religion’s weight was increasing instead of decreasing when the question was first posed in 1957, in 1962, and several times in the 1980s during the Ronald Reagan’s presidency; and after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks in late 2001 and early 2002, as well as in 2005…

The pollster said it found a modest relationship between Americans’ ideology, as well as partisanship, and their views of the influence of religion. Liberals and Democrats were more likely than conservatives and Republicans to say religion’s influence is increasing in American society.

Shock and amazement! Not over the results – but, that Gallup admitted as much as they did.

Conservatives relished Gallup polls for decades. Though their “push” led to some truly laughable reporting – like Dewey’s supposed victory over Harry Truman in 1948. A style still in fashion in the Republican Party – which they had to admit after their last defeat in a presidential election.

Speaking as someone who’s been an atheist since the age of 13, a philosophical materialist since 18 – the inevitable change is no surprise.

2 thoughts on “Even the Gallup poll admits religion less influential in American life

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    The Dewey-Truman gaffe wasn’t due to Republican push, but to response bias introduced into the poll results by deficiencies in the quota sampling method used by pollsters in those days. Plus, Gallup conducted the last interviews two weeks before the election.

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